J.D. Gibbs dies He was 49. J.D. Gibbs, the son of Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame head coach Joe Gibbs and co-chairman of Joe Gibbs Racing, died Friday night of “issues following an extended battle with a degenerative neurological illness”. He was 49.
In accordance with a report by Zack Albert of NASCAR.com, Gibbs had been affected by a neurological ailment since round 2014, which had affected his speech and processing features. In a 2015 report by Bob Pockrass of ESPN, medical doctors had acknowledged that Gibbs’ situation was associated to “head accidents probably suffered earlier in life”. Nonetheless, no particular damage was pinpointed.
Like his father, who gained three Tremendous Bowl Championships as head coach of the Washington Redskins, Gibbs had a background in soccer: He performed faculty soccer at William & Mary from 1987 till 1990, serving as each a quarterback and a defensive again. However when his father entered competitors within the then-NASCAR Winston Cup Sequence beneath the Joe Gibbs Racing banner, Gibbs would find yourself together with his life’s work.
He started working at his father’s race staff as a tire changer, and was on the over-the-wall crew when Gibbs claimed his first victory as a automobile proprietor with driver Dale Jarrett within the 1993 Daytona 500. By the tip of the last decade, he would each transfer into an administrative position with the staff and check out his hand behind the wheel: Between 1998 and 2002, he would run a complete of 13 races between what had been then NASCAR’s Busch Sequence and Craftsman Truck Sequence divisions. He had little success as a driver, together with his best-career end being a 20th at South Boston Speedway in a 1998 Busch Sequence race.
When his father returned to the Redskins in 2004, J.D. was left to handle the day-to-day operations of Joe Gibbs Racing. By that point, Gibbs’ staff had develop into one among NASCAR’s powerhouses, successful the Winston Cup Championship twice with Bobby Labonte in 2000 and Tony Stewart in 2002. Underneath J.D.’s path, the staff would proceed to develop: They’d start fielding a 3rd full-time Cup Sequence automobile in 2005, and gained the Cup Sequence Championship but once more with Stewart that very same yr.
By the 2010s, J.D. Gibbs had develop into staff president, and was later named co-chairman of the staff in 2016. Nonetheless, his at-track presence progressively started to decrease as he continued to take care of his neurological points.
By the tip of J.D. Gibbs’ life, Joe Gibbs Racing had grown into an auto racing empire, boasting 4 full-time entries within the Monster Power NASCAR Cup Sequence and having a task in race groups at different ranges. For the 2019 season, their automobiles will probably be pushed by former Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin, former Cup Champions Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr., and former Sunoco Rookie of the 12 months Erik Jones. In addition they subject automobiles within the NASCAR XFINITY Sequence pushed by full-time drivers Brandon Jones and Christopher Bell.