Megadealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick is recovering from injuries after the Gulfstream G150 aircraft in which he was riding ran off the runway when it landed Oct. 31 at Key West International Airport in Key West, Fla.
Hendrick, 62, suffered four broken ribs, a broken collarbone and bruising. His wife, Linda, who also was on board, was treated for minor cuts and bruises but the two pilots were not injured, according to a statement from Hendrick Motorsports in Charlotte, N.C.
All four were released from Lower Keys Medical Center the following day and returned to North Carolina, where Hendrick was admitted to a medical facility in the Charlotte area. He was expected to be released by Sunday.
Hendrick owns Hendrick Motorsports and is chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group, the seventh-largest dealership group in the United States with 2010 retail new-vehicle sales of 59,403.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said the crew radioed that the plane had no brakes when it touched down in Key West. It ran off the runway and went 100 feet past the airport's 600-foot safety area before stopping with its nose in a shallow salt pond.
"Linda and I have been overwhelmed by all the words of encouragement and genuine concern we've received," Hendrick said in a statement. "I'm so proud of how our pilots handled the situation, and we're extremely appreciative of the folks in Key West who went above and beyond to help us."
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash. The jet is owned by Hendrick Motorsports and Jimmie Johnson Racing.