It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joe Gibbs Racing Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, J.D. Gibbs, who passed away earlier tonight at the age of 49 from complications following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease.
Joe Gibbs Racing appreciates everyone's respect for the privacy of the Gibbs family during this difficult time.
Additional information regarding details for a memorial service will be forthcoming at a future date.
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NASCAR Statement: "We were privileged to watch J.D. Gibbs grow within the sport, displaying an endearing personality, a keen eye for talent and the strong business acumen that helped grow Joe Gibbs Racing into a preeminent NASCAR team," NASCAR Chairman Jim France said in a statement. "The NASCAR family has lost a truly special member."
Toyota Statement: Bob Carter, Executive Vice President of Sales for Toyota Motor North America on the passing of J.D. Gibbs
"Our entire Toyota family mourns the loss of a great partner and friend in J.D. Gibbs. Our thoughts are with the Gibbs family and the extended family that is Joe Gibbs Racing. J.D. was a special soul and beloved family man who was an integral part of establishing the heart of the race team. His incredible personality, laugh and infectious smile will continue to live on. Our deepest sympathies are with Joe, Pat, Coy, Melissa and his four sons."
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