TNT’s “Countdown to Green” Offers Interesting Glimpse into Hendrick Motorsports’ Rick Hendrick
TNT’s six-race NASCAR Summer Series schedule will culminate this weekend with the New Hampshire 301 from Loudon, N.H., on Sunday, July 15, at 1 p.m. ET. Adam Alexander will provide play-by-play for the race with analysts Kyle Petty and Wally Dallenbach and reporters Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum and Chris Neville. Larry McReynolds will continue to make frequent contributions during the race from his customized, unique broadcast unit that will house his own studio, as well as his base location where he’ll provide analysis using a cut-away display car. Coverage from New Hampshire will begin with the Countdown to Green pre-race show – hosted by Alexander with analysts McReynolds and Petty – at noon ET.
TNT’s coverage from New Hampshire follows the network’s telecast of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Powered by Coca-Cola (July 7), which included the first-ever simulcast on truTV and generated the highest-rated and most-viewed Daytona 400 since 2008.
Highlights from this week’s race coverage:
- TNT’s Countdown to Green pre-race show will include a Ralph Sheheen interview with Rick Hendrick during a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hendrick Motorsports’ Heritage Center and a rare look at Hendrick’s collectible cars and memorabilia from his life in the sport.
- No. 15 Clint Bowyer’s crew will be miked up for TNT’s Inside Trax.
- TNT’s Countdown to Green also will include a special guest appearance by NASCAR driver Greg Biffle.
- Countdown to Green will conclude its weekly feature segment titled “NASCAR Generations” – with Jimmie Johnson, Ned Jarrett and Bill Elliott, along with TNT analysts Petty and McReynolds.
A few comments from Sheheen’s interview with Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick:
Hendrick on combining his love of motorsports and business: “My dad taught me how to work on cars, my mother taught me how to borrow money…If it wasn’t for my mom getting those 90-day notes for me, I wouldn’t have ever gotten into the car business.”
Hendrick on how he got started in motorsports: “I was born a car guy…I was drag racing when I was 14. Then I was boat racing. I just loved the speed. I loved water. I love cars. I loved the racing. I looked at the automobile business as a way to make a living.”
Hendrick on Jeff Gordon’s 2012 season and No. 24’s future: “He’s had the roughest luck this year of any year that we’ve raced together. It’s gonna be a void in the garage the day that Jeff Gordon doesn’t strap into a car, just like it was a void that day that Dale Earnhardt didn’t show up.”
Hendrick on one of his favorite cars from his collection: “I’m a huge ’70 Chevelle fan, and I love the ’70 convertible. So I put the LS9 Corvette motor in my Chevelle. We call it my summer ice cream car. I carry the grandkids for a ride in it. It’s a little potent for that, but it’s a lot of fun.”