Motorsport World Mourns Passing of J.D. Gibbs

Motorsport World Mourns Passing of J.D. Gibbs

All of us here in the motorsports world have reason to mourn today as we awoke to learn of the passing of a very famous figure in the world of NASCAR. After following in the footsteps of his father from football to racing, J.D. Gibbs did his part to bring NASCAR team Joe Gibbs Racing into a successful future.

After starting with this team as a driver in 1998, the son of the former Redskins coach and eventual founder of Joe Gibbs Racing eventually climbed his way all the way to the top to become president and co-chairman of Joe Gibbs Racing. In 2014, he was tragically forced to leave the sport he loved to address a degenerative neurological disease. After four years of doing everything he could to battle this disease, 49-year-old Gibbs died, surrounded by his friends and family, on the evening of Friday, January 11.

Fans learned of the passing of Gibbs following an announcement from Joe Gibbs Racing on social media early this morning.

Following this sad news, NASCAR officials, drivers and fans have begun expressing just how important Gibbs was and will continue to be to the sport.

We at send our deepest condolences to the entire Gibbs and Joe Gibbs Racing family and friends as well as all our fellow racing fans out there.

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