Avondale, Arizona. Coy Gibbs, vice president of Joe Gibbs Racing for his father’s NFL and NASCAR Hall of Fame, passed away Sunday morning just hours after his son won the Xfinity Series Championship. He was 49 years old.
“It is with great sadness that Joe Gibbs Racing can confirm that Coy Gibbs has [co-owner] He went to be with the Lord in his sleep last night. In a statement issued shortly before the start of the NASCAR season finale, the team said the family appreciates all thoughts and prayers and asks for privacy at this time.
Joe Gibbs lost his two sons. JD Gibbs died in 2019 of a neurodegenerative disease, and at his death he was also 49 years old. Coy Gibbs succeeded his older brother as Vice President of the family-run organization NASCAR.
“Our hearts are saddened by the tragic loss of Coy Gibbs. On behalf of the family of France and all of NASCAR, my deepest condolences go to Joe, Pat, Heather, the Gibbs family and everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing on the loss of Coy, a true friend and racer,” said the Chairman of the Board of Directors NASCAR and CEO Jim France.
NASCAR held a minute’s silence for Coy Gibbs before the start of the Cup Championship on Sunday at Phoenix Raceway, where JGR’s Christopher Bell was racing for the title. Kyle Busch, in his last race after 15 years with the team, was crying on a pit road before the start of the race.
“Today we will do what we don’t want to do, but we will unite as a family and race for the name on our chest,” JGR driver Denny Hamlin tweeted.
Ty Gibbs was scheduled to drive 23rd for the 23XI race but was replaced by Daniel Hemrick for what he called the 23XI “family emergency”. Jackson Gibbs, son of the late J.D. Gibbs, was on the Bell pit crew on Sunday and worked on the race.
Coy Gibbs had just finished a tumultuous week with his 20-year-old son, Who won the Xfinity title on Saturday He is soon expected to be named as Kyle Busch’s replacement at JGR.
But this year Ty Gibbs has been criticized for his aggressive driving and last week destroyed teammate Brandon Jones from the lead at Martinsville Speedway on the last lap. Jones needed to win the race to achieve the Xfinity Championship and JGR and Toyota would have had two cars in the end if Gibbs stayed in second.
“Race is a family and the relationships within the entire garage run much deeper than the competition on the track. Today, we have lost a dear part of our family. “The loss of Koi Gibbs is devastating to everyone at Toyota and TRD,” said David Wilson, Head of Toyota Racing Development.
On Saturday, shortly before Ty Gibbs won his title, Hamlin said it’s been a tough week at the JGR. He had tweeted after T Gibbs smashed Jones “I miss JD” and explained that he was referring to the atmosphere at JGR created by JD Gibbs, which he called “the narrow family unit.”
“We really have to deal with it [teammates] As if they’re our brother and our family, and I think sometimes at JGR, we probably work with each other as little as any other team, and those are just the facts,” he said. “I’m not saying it’s anyone’s fault right now, but JD was different because he wrapped His arms are really around everyone. She told Coy, “JD was my dad.” He was really my dad once I got into the series, so when you lose that, it changes the culture a little bit, and we just have to get it back.”
Joe Gibbs and Coy Gibbs spent the days after the Martinsville defense of their young driver, who booed loudly in both Martinsville and Phoenix after his back-to-back wins. Ty Gibbs made his humble apology tour before Noah Gragson postponed the tournament.
“Prayers to the Gibbs Family” Gregson tweetedwho had an outspoken animosity toward Ty Gibbs for most of the Xfinity season before congratulating him on Saturday’s title.
Coy Gibbs played the linebacker at Stanford from 1991-1994 and worked as an offensive assistant QC during his father’s second term as an NFL coach in Washington. Gibbs had a brief racing career, including two years in the then NASCAR Busch Series and three in the NASCAR Truck Series before helping his father launch Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross in 2007.
Coy Gibbs was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and lived in Cornelius, North Carolina with his wife Heather and four children.