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As anyone who tuned into the series premiere of USA Network’s “Race For The Championship” knows, one of the most interesting shots was the impressive drone tour of the Hendricks Motorsports facility. Well, there’s plenty more where that came from.
“Race For The Championship” viewers only got a taste of the tour the drone’s expert pilot did of the massive multi-building site. Fortunately, the team uploaded the full five-minute flight to YouTube offering an inside look at what some of the top-tier racers who compete with the team get to see each and every day.
The drone footage seeks to capture a portrait of the hard work that goes on to make its Cup Series team members Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Alex Bowman so competitive on the track. That’s evident by the fact it starts by showing a group of people on the grounds’ outdoor field getting an intense workout in, training for pit road.
From there, the drone spends some time touring the showroom and Hendrick Motorsports museum on the grounds. If you’re a classic car enthusiast, this place will absolutely knock your socks off. There are shiny, gorgeously maintained vehicles as far as the eye can see. While there are far too many to count, a few of the old Hendrick Motorsports stock cars are clearly visible, offering a little insight into the history of the team.
Hendrick Motorsports was established in 1984 by the current owner, Rick Hendrick, who turned his passion for cars into a successful retail automotive business before making the jump to being one of the most robust NASCAR racing teams in the game. Since its founding, Hendrick Motorsports has earned a record 14 car owner championships in the sport's premier division.
The drone tour goes on to show exactly why they’re such a winning team as it passes over a live pit crew practice, showing the speedy, labor-intensive steps that go into a real-life NASCAR pit stop.
From there, the drone makes its way to another building where business is being conducted among employees having a large meeting. That’s when it gives the best look at the behind-the-scenes work being done at the facility as it enters the engineering section. The massive labyrinthian building has several rooms with engines being tested and constructed as well as cars in various stages of development, from the welding of a chassis to the delicate placement of decals.
The impressive drone footage ends with the device shooting up into the air and leaving the viewer with a shot of just how massive in scale the entire Hendrick Motorsports operation truly is.
Fans can see more what goes on inside the facility by tuning into “Race For The Championship” every Thursday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on USA Network.
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