Synopsis: Coy Gibbs, co-owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, son of team patriarch Joe Gibbs, and father of NASCAR driver Ty Gibbs, died at the age of 49, according to the racing organisation.
Coy Gibbs dies at 49!
Coy Gibbs, co-owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, son of team patriarch Joe Gibbs, and father of NASCAR driver Ty Gibbs, died at the age of 49, according to the racing organisation.
“It is with great sorrow that Joe Gibbs Racing confirms that Coy Gibbs (co-owner) went to be with the Lord in his sleep last night. The family appreciates all the thoughts and prayers and asks for privacy at this time,” The family “thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers and requests privacy at this time,” the team wrote on Twitter Sunday afternoon.
Joe Gibbs’ other son, J.D. Gibbs, died in 2019. According to NASCAR, he died at the age of 49 after a protracted fight with a degenerative neurological condition.
Coy Gibbs died unexpectedly just hours after his 20-year-old son, Ty Gibbs, won the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship race. After Ty Gibbs crashed Jones, he tweeted, “I miss J.D.” He noted that he was referring to the atmosphere at JGR established by J.D. Gibbs, which he described as a “close family unit.”
“We really have to treat (teammates) like they’re our brother and our family, and I think at times at JGR, we probably work with each other the least amount of any other team, and that’s just the facts,” he said. “I’m not saying it’s anyone’s fault currently, but J.D. was just different because he really wrapped his arms around everyone. I told Coy, `J.D. was my dad.’ He was really my dad as soon as I came into the series, so when you lose that, it changes the culture a little bit, and we just have to get it back.”
Following a contentious week, Coy Gibbs addressed to the media about his son’s campaign on Saturday.
“Watching it today, yeah, just to see his determination,” he said, according to NASCAR.
“I think he’s got skills and he’s determined. It definitely made me proud. I think it made my wife — we were both proud, just because he just hammered down and did his job. If he wants to do this for a living, he’s going to learn how to do that,” NASCAR quoted him as saying.
According to NASCAR, Coy Gibbs was a linebacker at Stanford from 1991 to 1994 and worked as an offensive quality control assistant during his father’s second term as head coach of the Washington Redskins. Gibbs raced for two years in the then-NASCAR Busch Series and three years in NASCAR’s Trucks Series before assisting his father in launching Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross in 2007.
Coy Gibbs was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and raised his four children in Cornelius, North Carolina, with his wife Heather.
Coy Gibbs joined his father’s organisation after completing his college football career at Stanford University. According to NASCAR, Coy and J.D. Gibbs both worked in the front office of Joe Gibbs Racing, and Coy Gibbs also raced for the organisation.
The death of Coy Gibbs shook the NASCAR world on the eve of the season’s final race. Before the marathon, they observed a moment of quiet in his remembrance.
Ty Gibbs, who was scheduled to drive the No. 23 vehicle in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Championship Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona, was substituted by Daniel Hemric mere hours before the race, citing “a family emergency” as the reason.
Denny Hamlin, a successful driver of Joe Gibbs Racing, tweeted, “Today we will do what we don’t want to do, but we we will unite as a family and race for the name on our chest.”
“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of Coy Gibbs. On behalf of the France Family and all of NASCAR, I extend my deepest condolences to Joe, Pat, Heather, the Gibbs family and everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing on the loss of Coy, a true friend and racer.” Jim France, the NASCAR chairman and CEO said in a sentence.
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