Coy Gibbs, father of Ty Gibbs and Vice President of Joe Gibbs Racing, has passed away.
He was 49 years old.
Joe Gibbs Racing confirmed the news in a statement on Twitter on Sunday, just minutes before The final race of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix Raceway.
“It is with great sadness that Joe Gibbs Racing confirms that Coy Gibbs (co-owner) went to be with the Lord in his sleep last night,” Joe Gibbs Racing said in a statement. “The family values all thoughts and prayers and asks for privacy at this time.”
Team 23XI Racing announced in a statement that Ty Gibbs will not be racing in the #23 World Cup car due to the family emergency and will be replaced by Daniel Hemrick.
Coy was a NASCAR driver and assistant coach with the Washington Captains. He is survived by his father, Joe Gibbs, the five-time NASCAR Series Cup-winning owner and inductee to the NFL Hall of Fame. Koi is survived by his wife, Heather, and their four children, Ty, Kiss, Jett and Ellie.
The cause of Koi’s unexpected death was unclear until this article was published online. He died less than a day after his son won the Xfinity Series Championship.
The other son of Joe Gibbs, JD, also at the age of 49 After a battle with a neurological illness in 2019.
News of NASCAR’s loss spread quickly on Sunday, and several drivers and other NASCAR officials publicly sent their condolences to the Joe Gibbs Racing family.
“Words can’t describe this day,” Kyle Busch, who is Compete for the last time with Joe Gibbs Racing, in a statement on Sunday. “The day was already hard enough, but it’s even sadder now. Heartbroken.”
Another Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin said: “Today we’re going to do what we don’t want to do, but we’ll unite as a family and race for the name on our chest.”
Jim France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO, said in a statement that NASCAR “is saddened by the tragic loss of Coy Gibbs.”
“On behalf of the France family and all of NASCAR, I offer 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,” France said.