"I'm at the point in my career where I get to do whatever in the heck I want to do," he said. "Racing is my life. And I don't know what I'll do if I was to ever lose that. And I'm not going to lose that anytime soon."
He's remained adamant that he won't get out of the car a year early, and Hendrick said before Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that he's planning on Martin driving the No. 5 next season.