Hendrick Motorsports Statement Rick Hendrick and Jeff Gordon CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2004) - The following are statements from Rick Hendrick and Jeff Gordon regarding Hendrick Motorsports' Brickyard 400 victory Sunday at Indianapolis Motor ...
Hendrick Motorsports Statement
Rick Hendrick and Jeff Gordon
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2004) - The following are statements from Rick Hendrick and Jeff Gordon regarding Hendrick Motorsports' Brickyard 400 victory Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
RICK HENDRICK , OWNER OF HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS
(ON WINNING SUNDAY'S BRICKYARD 400 AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY.) "Sunday's Brickyard victory was one of the most special moments I've ever experienced in this sport. I really wanted to win that race and kiss the bricks to honor my father. It was an unbelievable feeling for all of us.
"Nonetheless, I owe an explanation to the George family, along with everyone at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The celebration was emotional, and it was fun to acknowledge the fans like that, but it became obvious that we had unintentionally disrupted the Speedway's program by not driving to Victory Lane after the checkered flag. Speaking for everyone at Hendrick Motorsports, I personally called Mary Hulman George on Monday to apologize for any actions that may have been perceived as being disrespectful."
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Rick Hendrick's father, Joseph R. "Papa Joe" Hendrick Jr., passed away July 14. He was 84.)
JEFF GORDON , DRIVER OF THE NO. 24 CHEVROLET
(ON THE POST-RACE CELEBRATION.) "I can't adequately describe how emotional Sunday was. When I got out of the car, it was my intention to get back in and drive to Victory Lane after waving to everyone in the stands. Our team certainly would not disrespect any procedures on purpose, and I truly apologize to everyone at the Speedway for any problems we may have caused. It was a classic case of being caught up in the moment. I plan to support NASCAR's Victory Lane protocol going forward."