AUTO-OWNERS INSURANCE RETURNS TO JOE GIBBS RACING
Auto-Owners will continue longstanding partnership with Martin Truex Jr.
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 4, 2022) – Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that Auto-Owners Insurance has signed a contract extension to continue serving as a primary sponsor of Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 19 Toyota Camry TRD in the NASCAR Cup Series.
Auto-Owners Insurance, one of the nation’s largest insurers writing more than five million policies annually, began sponsoring Truex in 2016 and moved to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019. The Truex-Auto-Owners’ partnership has proved powerful with multiple wins on the racetrack and numerous charity initiatives off the track.
“Auto-Owners has been a great partner of ours for a long time now,” said Truex. “They’re always 100 percent behind whatever we’re doing whether that’s on the track or with our foundation. They do so many great things for us and I’m very appreciative of their partnership and I’m excited to keep it going.”
Auto-Owners is based in Lansing, Michigan and offers multiple lines of insurance, including life, home, auto and business to customers in 26 states. In addition to supporting Truex on the track, the company has also become a major partner supporting the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, such as the “Names on the Hood” fundraising program that allows Auto-Owners associates to have their names placed on the hood of Truex’s race car in exchange for a donation to the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation. This weekend at Michigan International Speedway, Truex’s Auto-Owners Toyota Camry TRD will feature the names of more than 1,500 associates who contributed to this year’s fundraiser.
“Martin is the perfect ambassador for Auto-Owners Insurance,” said Jamie Whisnant, CEO of Auto-Owners Insurance. “His commitment to excellence, teamwork, doing things the right way and giving back to his community embody what we stand for and we couldn’t be more thrilled he’s coming back.”
The remainder of the No. 19 team’s 2023 sponsor schedule will be announced at a later date.
SAMMY SMITH TO RUN EIGHT NASCAR XFINITY RACES WITH JOE GIBBS RACING IN 2022
Will Make Debut on July 2 at Road America
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (June 9, 2022) - Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced Thursday that Sammy Smith will run eight NASCAR Xfinity Series races behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota GR Supra in 2022.
Road America on July 2, 2022 will serve as Smith’s Xfinity Series debut with Allstate Peterbilt Group on the hood as the primary partner for the race. Smith will also race in seven other Xfinity Series races this year jumping behind the wheel of the No. 18 at Pocono on July 23, Michigan on August 6, Watkins Glen on August 20, Kansas on September 10, Bristol on September 16, Martinsville on October 29, and in the season finale at Phoenix on November 5.
“Sammy has impressed at every level of his racing career,” said Steve DeSouza, Executive Vice President/Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing. “We believe Sammy will continue to excel and look forward to supporting him as he expands his 2022 schedule to include eight races in the Xfinity Series with the Joe Gibbs Racing No.18 team led by crew chief Jason Ratcliff.”
Pilot Flying J, TMC, Allstate Peterbilt Group, Renda Group, and Sinclair Tractor will all support Smith and the No. 18 GR Supra throughout his eight races with JGR with Pilot Flying J and Allstate Peterbilt Group serving as primary partners.
Smith is currently at the top of the 2022 ARCA Menards Series East standings after earning three wins – New Smyrna, Pensacola, and Nashville – in the first four races of the season.
Smith won the 2021 ARCA Menards Series East championship as well as Rookie of the Year honors while driving for JGR. He won three races, earned seven top-5s, seven top-10s, averaged a 4.3 finishing place, and earned one pole position.
The Toyota Racing Development driver has competed in four ARCA Menards Series races over the past two seasons earning three top-5s, one pole, and 601 laps led.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to run the No. 18 Toyota GR Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing,” Smith said. “Making the jump to this level is huge for me and my career, and I’m thankful for all of my partners and supporters that have helped me get here.”
BUBBA WALLACE TO RUN SELECT NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RACES WITH JOE GIBBS RACING
Wallace Scheduled to Compete at Circuit of the Americas and Indianapolis Road Course
in the No. 18 Toyota GR Supra
Mooresville, N.C. (Mar. 22, 2022) – 23XI Racing today announced that Bubba Wallace, driver of the No. 23 Toyota Camry TRD in the NASCAR Cup Series, will compete in two upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series races with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). Wallace will pilot the No. 18 Toyota GR Supra this weekend at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and will race later this summer at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Both races will take place the day before the Cup Series is set to compete at the same tracks and will provide Wallace additional track time at two of the newer courses on the NASCAR schedule.
The races mark a return for Wallace, who made his NASCAR national series debut with JGR in 2012. Wallace raced in the No. 20 Toyota and made a total of six starts with JGR during the 2012 and 2014 Xfinity Series seasons, earning one pole award and four top-10 finishes. More recently, Wallace competed in one Xfinity race in 2021 to add to his 86 career starts in the series.
Dr Pepper, a primary partner of Wallace and 23XI on the No. 23 Toyota, will serve as the primary partner for the race at COTA in Austin this Saturday.
More information will be shared closer to the race regarding sponsorship for Indianapolis.
“I’m looking forward to partnering back up with Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series after making my first career start in NASCAR with them about 10 years ago,” said Wallace. “The No. 18 Toyota GR Supra team is always strong and I’m excited to be competing with them at COTA and Indianapolis. Thanks to the team at 23XI and Toyota for helping to make this happen and thanks to Dr Pepper for coming on board for the race at COTA.”
JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK RETURNS TO JOE GIBBS RACING XFINITY SERIES LINEUP IN 2022
Will Pilot JGR’s No. 18 Toyota GR Supra in Three Races With Support from Safeway, ACME and ROMCO
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (March 15, 2022) – Joe Gibbs Racing announced today that John Hunter Nemechek will drive the team’s No. 18 Toyota GR Supra in three NASCAR Xfinity Series races this season.
Nemechek will make his JGR season debut at Richmond Raceway (April 2) with the support of Safeway and follow with the race at Dover Speedway (April 30) with ACME on board, before returning to defend his win at Texas Motor Speedway (September 24) with ROMCO.
Nemechek has made more than 200 starts across NASCAR’s top three national series. He has returned to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fulltime this season after winning the 2021 regular season title prior to finishing third in the playoffs. His overall resume also includes two Xfinity Series wins which includes a victory at Kansas Speedway in 2018 and his win at Texas last season with JGR. He also has 11 career Truck Series wins including five last season with Kyle Busch Motorsports.
“I am really excited to have this opportunity to race again in JGR’s Xfinity Series program after the success we had last season,” said Nemechek. “We were able to pick up a win in just three starts and hopefully we can add to that success this season. I am also looking forward to working with crew chief Jason Ratcliff, who has found victory lane with a lot of different drivers over the year. I really appreciate the support of my long-term partners Safeway, ACME, and ROMCO for coming on board to support me and of course Toyota.”
The 24-year-old Mooresville, North Carolina native joins an impressive driver lineup for the No. 18 GR Supra. Drew Dollar, Trevor Bayne, and Ryan Truex have all driven for the team already this season and additional drivers are expected to be fill out the full season schedule for the team.
“John Hunter was impressive in his starts with us last year and we’re excited to have him back this season to work with Jason (Ratcliff) and our 18 team for a few races,” said Steve de Souza, Executive Vice President of Xfinity Series and Development for Joe Gibbs Racing. “He really has made the most of every opportunity and we expect he will run up front again in these races.”
RYAN TRUEX TO RUN FOUR NASCAR XFINITY RACES WITH JOE GIBBS RACING IN 2022
Will Make First Start at Las Vegas Speedway
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (February 24, 2022) – Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that Ryan Truex will return to the organization to run four NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) races behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota GR Supra in 2022.
Truex’s first race will be at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway on March 5. The 29-year-old Mayetta, N.J.-native is also scheduled to drive the No. 18 Toyota GR Supra at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on April 8, the Darlington (S.C.) Raceway on May 7 and the Texas Motor Speedway on May 21.
“I'm honored to compete in the No. 18 Toyota GR Supra with Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season," said Ryan Truex. "Having the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Joe Gibbs Racing entry is an absolute dream come true. Even better, Toyota is sponsoring my inaugural race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway next weekend. I can't thank them and Joe Gibbs Racing enough for making this happen."
Truex ran 13 NXS races with JGR over two seasons in 2011 and 2012. He had eight top-10 finishes including a career-best second-place effort at the Dover (Del.) International Speedway after starting on the pole.
In eight seasons, Truex has made 79 starts in the NXS with 24 top-10 finishes. His resume also includes 73 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and 26 career starts in the NASCAR Cup Series.
DREW DOLLAR TO RUN FOUR NASCAR XFINITY RACES WITH JOE GIBBS RACING IN 2022
Will Make Debut in Season Opener at Daytona International Speedway
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (February 14, 2022) – Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Drew Dollar will run four NASCAR Xfinity Series races behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota GR Supra in 2022.
In addition to Saturday’s race in Daytona, Dollar will drive the No 18 Toyota GR Supra in both races at Talladega Superspeedway on April 23 and October 1 and make a return to Daytona on August 26.
Dollar will have support from Lynx Capital and Dollar Concrete, who were the primary partners on his ARCA Menards Series entry when he won at Talladega Superspeedway in 2020. Across 34 starts in the ARCA Menards Series, Dollar has earned one victory, 10 top-5s, and 24 top-10s, with an average finish of 8.2. He also has made eight starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with one top ten finish while driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2021.
“I’m really excited to make my NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in Daytona with Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Dollar. “This will be a great opportunity for me to continue my development with an organization that has a long history of success in this series and to learn from a crew chief like Jason Ratcliff.”