Papa Joe Hendrick

Fondly referred to as “Papa Joe,” Joseph R. Hendrick Jr. and longtime friend Frank Edwards began working on race cars in the early 1960s, winning events throughout the state of Virginia at tracks like South Boston, Martinsville and Richmond. Over the years, Papa Joe became a fixture at Hendrick Motorsports, which was founded by son Rick in 1984. He co-owned the No. 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team and the No. 5 Nationwide Series team with grandson Ricky Hendrick. A decorated veteran, the Hendrick family patriarch proudly served his country in World War II as a flight engineer and gunner in the Air Force. In June 2004, Papa Joe and wife Mary were presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state of North Carolina’s highest honor bestowed on a citizen for dedication and extended length of service to his or her organization. Today, Hendrick Motorsports gives the Papa Joe Hendrick Award to recognize significant contributions to the organization.

  • Name: Papa Joe Hendrick
  • Position: Car Owner

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