Avondale, Arizona – Coy Gibbs, son of NASCAR and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs, died in his sleep, According to a statement by Joe Gibbs Racing.
Coy Gibbs was 49 years old. He was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of JGR and father of Ty Gibbswho won the 2022 Xfinity Series Championship on Saturday with a season-ending victory at Phoenix Raceway hours before his father passed away.
“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,” the team said in a statement. “The family values all thoughts and prayers and asks for privacy at this time.”
Coy Gibbs has moved into a more senior executive position at JGR since his older brother, JD, vacated the role of team leader while suffering from a neurodegenerative disease. J.D. Gibbs passed away on January 11, 2019 at the age of 49.
Coy Gibbs also started and ran the Joe Gibbs Racing motocross team, which was the winner and championship contender in Supercross.
“Our hearts are saddened by the tragic loss of Coy Gibbs,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France. “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.”
Before becoming a racing executive, Coy Gibbs was a successful multi-sport athlete. He starred as a quarterback at Stanford University from 1991-94 before moving on to a racing career as a driver.
After racing late models in the NASCAR Series in the late ’90s, he made his Craftsman Truck Series debut in 2000 and raced full time on the track from 2001-02. In the 58 trucks it started, it had six of the five best finishes.
After his debut in the Xfinity Series in 2002, he raced full-time on the Joe Gibbs track in 2003. He retired from driving after the season to focus on his racing management role and sponsor Tye’s burgeoning career.
Ty Gibbs was scheduled to drive in Sunday’s Cup Series Final for 23XI Racing But he was replaced by Daniel Hamrik.
During the NBC prerace showD., analyst Dale Garrett, who won the 1993 Daytona 500 with Joe Gibbs Racing, said he was “shocked and devastated” by the news.
“It’s family to me because of my connection and the opportunities they gave me,” said Garrett. “To get to know this family and see Coy come from a college football career, try racing, do anything and everything to be part of the family business there. And to bring Ty and put him in championship mode.
“If there was any consolation in thinking about this, he was able to watch Tye win his championship yesterday. But my heart, thoughts and prayers are for Joe, Pat, Ty and all of the Gibbs family.”
NBC analyst Kyle Petty, who lost his son Adam in a 2000 plane crash, said he had many discussions with Joe Gibbs after J.D. Gibbs’ death.
“These days in this sport we’re a family,” Betty said. “You’re hurting this family. No words. This is his second son, and I was just crushed when I found out. It’s the worst thing a parent can go through to lose a child. But Koi was lovable and we can look at a lot of positive things. That’s what we should look at.” To him, anytime you have this attitude, you have to look on the positive side.
“And Joe Gibbs, pat is strong in their faith. That’s all you have faith you’ll see them again. They’re in a better place. It breaks my heart. It really really takes you back to that moment in your life. Until that moment when they lost their Jordanian dinars, it’s a sadness that will fall into this place as more and more people discover it.”
Joe Gibbs started his team in the NASCAR Cup Series in 1993 after winning three Super Bowls as coach of the Washington Redskins. Joe Gibbs was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2020 after his fourth Cup Series Championship.
Coy Gibbs is survived by his wife Heather and four children.