JGR NEWS

TY GIBBS TO COMPETE IN NASCAR CUP SERIES IN 2023

Chris Gayle Will Serve as Crew Chief

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (November 15, 2022) – Ty Gibbs will compete full time for Joe Gibbs Racing in the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series behind the wheel of the No. 54 Toyota Camry TRD. 

 

Gibbs won the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity title with seven wins and 23 top-10 finishes. In just 51 career Xfinity starts, he’s won 11 races (21 percent), scored 33 top-10 finishes (64 percent) and led 1,234 laps. He also won the 2021 ARCA Menard Series championship. 

 

Chris Gayle, who served as crew chief during his NASCAR Xfinity Championship season, will move with Gibbs to serve as crew chief in the Cup Series.

 

JGR intends to utilize the No. 18 in the NASCAR Cup Series in future years.

RHEEM RETURNS TO JOE GIBBS RACING

Rheem will continue longstanding partnership with Christopher Bell

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (September 29, 2022) – Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that Rheem has signed a contract extension to continue serving as a primary sponsor of Christopher Bell’s No. 20 Toyota Camry TRD in the NASCAR Cup Series.

 

“We are thrilled to have Rheem continue their partnership with Christopher and our No. 20 team,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “They have been a long-time supporter of not only our race team, but really to our entire sport of NASCAR. They are a tremendous model of how to build a successful program and we are thrilled to continue to help them reach their goals.”

 

Rheem has been a partner at JGR with Bell since 2018 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) and was the primary sponsor on his No. 20 Toyota Camry TRD for his first NCS career victory at the Daytona Road Course in 2021 and most recently his win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July of 2022.

 

“Rheem has been a huge supporter of mine both on and off the track, I’m proud of the relationship we’ve built and the customers and guests I’ve been able meet over the years,” said Bell. “I’m looking forward to finishing 2022 strong and kicking off 2023 with Rheem on the car.”

 

Rheem is the largest manufacturer of water heating products in North America and is currently celebrating their 15th anniversary as a NASCAR national series sponsor. Rheem is an industry leader in activation and has hosted around 40,000 guests at events over their 15-years in NASCAR.  

 

“It has been an absolute pleasure for Rheem to be a part of Christopher Bell’s growth and success in the NASCAR Xfinity and Cup series as well as to be a part of a championship organization like Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Chris Peel, President and CEO of Rheem Manufacturing. “The entire Rheem team sends our best to everyone at JGR during this season’s playoffs and we look forward to another great year in 2023.” 

JOE GIBBS RACING FAN FEST, HAULER PARADE KICKS OFF ACTION-PACKED BANK OF AMERICA ROVAL™ 400 WEEKEND

Three days of Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 music, motorsports and fun kick off Friday, Oct. 7, with a Joe Gibbs Racing Fan Fest, hauler parade and Bret Michaels concert in the Fan Zone
 

Any Saturday or Sunday race ticket gets fans access to the Fan Zone all weekend. To purchase tickets, camping and upgrades for the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 weekend, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call 800-455-FANS (3267)

CONCORD, N.C. (Aug. 25, 2022) – Before the action heats up on track and NASCAR’s best battle in a pivotal Playoff clash at the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400, fans at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be treated to an entertaining weekend of music, motorsports and fun in the Fan Zone. Driver appearances, fan Q&As and concerts kick off Friday, Oct. 7, with a Joe Gibbs Racing Fan Fest and NASCAR hauler parade. Following the parade, rock legend and Poison frontman Bret Michaels will bring his “Parti-Gras” to the fans with a hit-filled concert of rock, country and pop tunes to crank up the weekend fun.

“The Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 has become one of the most anticipated events of the NASCAR season,” said Greg Walter, executive vice president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “When we started planning, we realized that we just couldn’t squeeze all the fun and excitement into two days, so we’re going to kick things off a day early and Rock the ROVAL starting Friday afternoon.”

 

Joe Gibbs Racing Fan Fest

Joe Gibbs Racing will bring out its star-studded driver lineup to kick off the weekend on Friday, Oct. 7, with the first-ever JGR Fan Fest at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The fan-friendly event will feature driver appearances with Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Christopher Bell at the Fan Stage and an autograph session with all four Cup Series drivers, plus Xfinity Series stars Ty Gibbs and Brandon Jones at the Toyota Racing display.

 

Fan Fest opens at 4:30 p.m. with a bevy of entertainment, including a Twinstunts motorcycle stunt show, free Ferris Wheel rides, discounted merchandise at select souvenir haulers, fun race-themed concessions, a DJ and more. The first 100 fans to pick up a wristband from the information tent at the Avenue of Flags starting at 4:00 p.m. on Oct. 7 will  get access to an exclusive autograph session with all participating drivers. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver autograph session is scheduled for 5:00 p.m., followed by driver stage appearances at 6:30 p.m.

 

Fan Fest is free in the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Zone, until 7:00 p.m.

 

NASCAR Hauler Parade

Following the Fan Fest, Charlotte Motor Speedway will keep the party going as NASCAR’s Cup Series haulers parade into the infield – driving right through the Fan Zone – in preparation for Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL™ 400. The high-energy parade will be emceed by Trackside Live host Jose Castillo and will feature “drive-up” songs personally selected by each hauler driver. Fans can line the parade route near the Fan Zone and grab a photo with their favorite hauler before it settles into the infield for a fun-filled weekend of white-knuckled racing.

 

Bret Michaels to Rock the ROVAL™

Poison frontman Bret Michaels will cap off Night 1 of the Rock the ROVAL fun, stepping out from his record-breaking Stadium Tour to bring his Parti-Gras to race fans kicking off the weekend with unrivaled fan fun. With more than 100 million records and streams sold worldwide, the son of a veteran, music icon, TV star, creative entrepreneur and lifelong philanthropist will crank up the party with hit after hit from his three decade music career during a 90-minute set. The concert is free for any fan with a race ticket for either the Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina or the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400. Single-day concert tickets will also be available for just $30.

 

In addition to driver, appearances and A-list music acts on the Rock the ROVAL™ stage, the 10-acre Fan Zone will provide a bevy of interactive games and displays, food trucks, partner activations and more throughout the three-day event.

 

TICKETS:
The Fan Zone will be open each day to fans with a ticket to any of the weekend’s NASCAR events Oct. 8-9, including Saturday’s Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Xfinity Series race or Sunday’s pivotal Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 showdown. Adult tickets for Saturday’s Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina start at just $25. Kids 12 and under get in free with an adult. Tickets to the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 start at just $49 for adults. Kids 12 and under get in for just $10 with an adult. For tickets, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets. Fans can also purchase a single-day Fan Zone pass to take in all the fun outside of the speedway for just $30.

ACUMATICA TO SPONSOR DENNY HAMLIN, NO. 11 TEAM AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY
High-performance Cloud ERP Provider and Joe Gibbs Racing Come Together for NASCAR Playoff Race

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 31, 2022) — Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that Acumatica, the world’s fastest-growing cloud ERP company, will serve as the primary sponsor of Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota Camry TRD for the upcoming NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Kansas Speedway on September 11. Additionally, Acumatica will be featured as an associate partner on Hamlin’s car for three other races during the 10-race playoff.

 

Acumatica is a leading innovator in cloud ERP with customers located around the world. Acumatica ERP delivers adaptable cloud and mobile technology with a unique all-inclusive user licensing model, enabling a complete, real-time view of your business anytime, anywhere. Through its worldwide network of partners, Acumatica provides the full suite of integrated business management applications, designed to help mid-sized companies thrive in today’s fast-moving markets.

 

“We're excited to welcome Acumatica into our sport and have the opportunity to represent its innovative technology on the racetrack,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of JGR. “Acumatica is an ideal sponsor for JGR given our shared commitment to performance and teamwork. We look forward to having them join us in Kansas and building what will surely become a winning relationship.”

 

Hamlin is one of three JGR drivers who qualified for this year’s playoffs thanks to his victories at Richmond Raceway in April and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. The 48-time Cup Series winner is ranked sixth on the playoff grid with the post-season set to begin this weekend.

 

“We're honored to be associated with championship teams like Joe Gibbs Racing and prominent drivers like Denny Hamlin, who are known for their impressive performances on the racetrack,” said John Case, CEO of Acumatica. “Performance is a value that's central to our mission. We empower businesses with our high-performance solutions that adapt to today's evolving market demands. Our sponsorship allows us to connect NASCAR's fan base with competitive, cutting-edge technologies. We can't wait to cheer on the JGR team in Kansas.”

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.”