7. Michael Waltrip Racing: $80 Million (down 20 percent in value from 2013, due significantly in part to the attempt to manipulate the Richmond race Chase qualifying outcome there in late summer of that year)
6. Team Penske: $108 Million
5. Richard Childress Racing: $128 Million
4. Stewart-Haas Racing: $148 Million
3. Roush Fenway Racing: $157 Million
2. Joe Gibbs Racing: $171 Million
1. Hendrick Motorsports: $348 Million
How is it that HMS is so far ahead of the rest of the pack?
Easy, says TheRichest.com: “Highest NASCAR winnings. Highest merchandise sales. Highest sponsorship revenue. Hendrick holds bragging rights for all of those accomplishments.”
And let’s not forget NASCAR’s most popular driver the last 11 years running (likely soon to be 12 years straight) in Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.