CUP: Exclusive - Hendrick Still Making Horsepower

NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick grew up building his own engines as a kid in Virginia tobacco country. And he’s still doing it today.

Tuesday morning, Hendrick flew to Detroit to build a supercharged 327-cubic-inch Chevrolet motor for his Camaro drag car, through a Chevrolet program known as COPO, short for central office production order.

Chevrolet is building a fleet of COPO Camaros for NHRA drag racing competition, and buyers can come to Detroit and actually assemble their own engines under Chevy supervision.

And that’s what Hendrick is doing today, with the help of ace COPO engine builder Rich McBride and Chevy racing boss Jim Campbell.

SPEED is with Hendrick today for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes report. More to come as the day progresses.

Tom Jensen is the Editor in Chief of, Senior NASCAR Editor at RACER and a contributing Editor for You can follow him online at