Oct. 24 will mark a decade since Cathy Hendrick lost her husband, then the president of Hendrick Motorsports, along with their twin 22-year-old daughters, in a plane crash that claimed several other company colleagues.
The widow will visit Chapel By The Sea Baptist Church in North Myrtle Beach’s Cherry Grove Beach community at 11 a.m. Sunday to speak about “Faith In The Midst Of Tragedy,” with vocal music by Lisa Ann Hammond, local Christian recording artist and songwriter.
The Hendrick team – fielding four Chevrolet drivers in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series drivers – Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne – was founded in 1984 by owner Rick Hendrick, whose 24-year-old son, Ricky Hendrick, also perished in the plane crash.
In memory of husband John and daughters Jennifer and Kimberly, Cathy Hendrick keeps driving home her message about how her foundation in faith keeps her going to make every difference she can. She also estimated that she makes about 60 speaking engagements per year across the country.
You’re not promised tomorrow, and you must get your life right for the Lord today. ... Take a walk through a cemetery and look at the ages; they go from infants to elderly. We have to always be ready.
Those Hendrick Motorsports drivers there, of course, they gave it their all, and they give it their all in every race. I talked with them in pit row before the race. ... They knew the day’s meaning for me, and they knew how important it was to get in the victory lane. ...
I go back and visit the area where the plane went down. I went there in fall of 2013. We have a cross up there.