CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The four Hendrick family members killed in a plane crash were remembered Thursday as kind, generous people who were passionate about giving.
Rick Hendrick, founder of the Hendrick Motorsports company that fields five NASCAR teams, lost his brother, son and two nieces when a company plane crashed Sunday en route to a race in Martinsville, Va., killing all 10 on board.
Ricky Hendrick, Hendrick's 24-year-old son, was remembered as a loving brother who took the most pleasure from the relationships in his life.
"Ricky focused on real stuff - like his family, his friends, his goals and his dreams," said his sister, Lynne Carlson. "Instead of taking life too seriously, he chose to take love and giving seriously."
Hendrick's brother, John, was remembered not for his role as president of the company but for his strength, faith, charity work and love of his family.
Central Church of God pastor Phil Divine told of John Hendrick's Christmas Eve tradition of taking his family - including 22-year-old twins Kimberly and Jennifer, who also died in the crash - to Lancaster, S.C., to create Christmas for the underprivileged.
Also killed were Joe Jackson, an executive with DuPont; Jeff Turner, general manager of Hendrick Motorsports; Randy Dorton, the team's chief engine builder; Scott Lathram, a pilot for NASCAR driver Tony Stewart; and pilots Richard Tracy and Elizabeth Morrison.
HIRED: Mike Wallace has been hired to drive the No.4 Chevrolet in Nextel Cup. It was left without a driver when Jimmy Spencer was released Wednesday, three days after he was arrested for interfering with police officers who were trying to arrest his son.
CHAMP CAR: The series will run at least 14 races in 2005, the same total as this season, adding three new events and dropping three. The new venues are in South Korea; California's Silicon Valley and Edmonton, Alberta. Those replace races in Vancouver, British Columbia; Monterey, Calif.; and Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
INDYCAR: The 2005 season will be televised by ABC and ESPN.