Our cars can't be beat!

From left: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon John Loomis for ESPN The Magazine

This article appears in the Feb. 22 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

As the four drivers of Hendrick Motorsports assemble for a preseason photo, Jimmie Johnson, the four-time, defending Sprint Cup champion, takes his rightful position up front, flanked by Jeff Gordon, his mentor and fellow four-time champ. Mark Martin, the elder statesman of the sport, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., the most popular driver in NASCAR, fill out the lineup. Their white-collared button-down shirts scream corporate America; their smiles project confidence. All together, arms crossed and eyes twinkling, the four-headed superpower conveys a simple message to the rest of NASCAR: We will not be beat.