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WILLIAM SAWALICH SIGNS MULTI-YEAR DEAL WITH JGR 

Sawalich will make his ARCA debut at Phoenix Raceway

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (December 9, 2022) – Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that young up-and-coming driver William Sawalich has signed a multi-year agreement to drive for the team. Sawalich will run the No. 18 Starkey Toyota Camry in the ARCA Menards Series (AMS) in 2023.

 

Sawalich, 16, hails from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He started racing at the age of nine and found success in quarter midgets and legend cars early on. He currently competes in Pro and Super Late Model, Late Model Stock, and TA2 racing series. He saw success in 2022 with six wins in CARS Tour Pro Late Model Series, three late model stock wins, two Southern Super Series wins, two ARCA/CRA wins, and two additional pro late model wins, a third-place finish in the Winchester 400earlier this mon, and a second-place finish in the Redbud 400 at Anderson Motor Speedway in Indiana.

 

“We take a lot of pride in our development program with Toyota at Joe Gibbs Racing and we think William has shown tremendous potential to become a great driver in our sport,” said Steve DeSouza, Executive Vice President of Xfinity Series and Driver Development. “He has already shown the desire and dedication it takes to be successful at his young age and we’re excited to watch his progress through ARCA and ultimately NASCAR ranks.”

 

The Toyota development driver’s No. 18 will be sponsored by Starkey featuring their SoundGear product line for the 2023 AMS season. SoundGear products provide both hearing protection and enhancement products ideal for hunting, competitive shooting, law enforcement, and motorsport teams, its fans, and much more. Engineered and manufactured by Starkey, SoundGear products provide 100% digital sound enhancement to deliver superior environmental awareness, while still protecting your hearing. Starkey is a global leader in hearing technology and premier provider in hearing health care headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

 

“I am thankful for the opportunity with Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota and am humbled to be in the presence of a great leader like Coach Gibbs,” Sawalich said. “I know that he has put together a great team and the results show with the drivers that have come before me. My goal is to learn from their expertise, work hard and represent JGR well. I think together, we are capable of great things in the coming years.”

RYAN TRUEX RETURNS TO JOE GIBBS RACING IN 2023

Truex to run six races for JGR

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (December 8, 2023) - Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced Thursday that Ryan Truex will run six races behind the wheel of the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) No. 19 Toyota GR Supra in 2023.   

 

Truex is well acquainted with the championship-winning team after running five races for JGR in 2022, finishing in the top five in three of those races. His best finish was a strong third-place run at Atlanta. Truex ran 13 NXS races with JGR over two seasons in 2011 and 2012. 

“We are looking forward to having Ryan back in our lineup in 2023 to run the No. 19,” said Steve DeSouza, Executive Vice President of Xfinity Series/Development. “He has done well in the races he has run at JGR. His previous experience and driving ability will be assets as the No. 19 competes for an owner’s championship next year.” 

Truex has over 175 starts across NASCAR’s top three touring series combining for 17 top-five finishes and 49 top-10 finishes.  

“I am thrilled to be behind the wheel of the No. 19 for a few races next season,” said Truex. “It was fun to run well with the team this past year. I appreciate the opportunity to race for JGR again next year. I think we can build from what we learned this year and get some solid runs in.” 

Jason Ratcliff will work with Truex as the crew chief of the No. 19 Toyota GR Supra. 

The races Truex will run and the remaining 2023 lineup for the No. 19 will be announced at a later date.  

JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK JOINS JOE GIBBS RACING FULL TIME IN 2023

JHN will pilot the No. 20 Xfinity Toyota GR Supra

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (December 8, 2023) - Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced Thursday that John Hunter Nemechek will join the team to run the full NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) schedule and compete for a championship in 2023. Nemechek will be climbing behind the wheel of the No. 20 Toyota GR Supra which makes its return to JGR and NXS after a one-year hiatus.

 

The Toyota development driver has more than 250 starts in NASCAR’s national touring series displaying talent at all three levels. His resume includes 13 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series wins (NCTS), two NXS wins, and a full season in the NASCAR Cup. Nemechek is no stranger to JGR as he won at Texas Motor Speedway with the team in 2021 and ran three races behind the wheel of the No. 18 in 2022 with a best finish of second at Richmond.

 

The 25-year-old ran full time in the NCWTS in 2022 winning two races and seven pole awards making it to the Round of Eight in the NASCAR Playoffs. Nemechek was the 2021 NCTS regular season champion.

 

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity to get back to competing full time in the Xfinity Series,” said Nemechek. “JGR is a group that I know I can win with after getting that win at Texas in 2021. I’m excited to get to work on the 2023 season so we can go out and win some races and compete for a championship.”

 

Mobil 1 will be the primary sponsor for the year on the No. 20. Nemechek will also be backed by his long-standing partners Berry’s Bullets, Pye Barker Fire and Safety, Romco Equipment and his Grocery Store Brands throughout the 2023 NXS season.

 

“John Hunter has shown the dedication it takes to be a successful racecar driver,” said Steve DeSouza, Executive Vice President, Xfinity Series and Driver Development. “He has experience at all levels of NASCAR that will be valuable to the team in 2023. We are excited to add him to our driver lineup for the year and look forward to the success the No. 20 team will see.”

 

Ben Beshore will serve as crew chief of the No. 20 NXS team in 2023.

SAMMY SMITH TO COMPETE IN FULL 2023 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES SCHEDULE  WITH JGR

Pilot Flying J, TMC Transportation, and Allstate Peterbilt Group will be primary partners throughout the season 

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (December 6, 2022) - Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced Tuesday that Sammy Smith will run the full 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) schedule in the No. 18 Toyota GR Supra.

 

Smith drove in nine NXS races for JGR in 2022. He ran competitively throughout his schedule with one top-five finish and three top-10 finishes. His best result was a third-place finish at Watkins Glen International in August. Smith’s best qualifying effort came at Phoenix Raceway with a second place starting position.  

 

“Sammy is a fantastic addition to our 2023 Xfinity lineup. He proved to have the passion and the talent to necessary to compete for wins in the races he ran for us in 2022,” said Steve DeSouza, Executive Vice President of Xfinity Series and Driver Development. “We are excited to get him in the No. 18 full time and know he will be competitive from the jump.”

 

The Toyota development driver made a name for himself in 2022 in the ARCA Menards Series (AMS) winning the ARCA Menards Series East (AMSE) Championship for the second consecutive year and the Sioux Chief Showdown. Smith won six AMS races, five AMSE races, 12 AMS/AMSE pole awards, and finished in the top-five in 15 of the 16 races he entered.

 

“This is an opportunity I have been working towards,” Smith said. “I can’t wait to get behind the wheel full-time and am looking forward to a great season. I learned a lot in 2022 that will really help me to be competitive and run up front in the Xfinity Series. Thank you to Pilot Flying J, TMC Transportation, Allstate Peterbilt Group, and Toyota Racing Development for supporting me in my racing career. I am excited for next year and appreciate the opportunity.”

 

Pilot Flying J will continue their primary partnership with the No. 18 and Smith in 2023 after supporting the driver throughout his 2022 NXS stint.

 

“We’re thrilled to continue our support of Sammy and look forward to seeing him on the track representing Pilot Flying J and the transportation industry,” said David Hughes, Senior Vice President of Sales for Pilot Flying J.

 

TMC Transportation saw success with Smith as his primary partner during the 2022 AMS/AMSE seasons. The driver/sponsor pair hope to continue their winning ways as Smith moves up to participate in the full NXS schedule.

 

“TMC is proud to continue its support of Sammy Smith as he takes on the 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series, said Jason Webb, Executive Vice President of Asset Management at TMC. “Sammy has been a great ambassador for TMC – on and off the track. His growth as a driver is remarkable and we are very impressed with his accomplishments. We can’t wait to see what he will do in the upcoming year.”

Allstate Peterbilt will also return to the team as a primary partner in 2023. Renda Group, Sinclair Tractor, and Mobil 1 are among other sponsors that will support Smith throughout the season.  

 

Jeff Meendering will serve as the crew chief for the No. 18 in 2023. Smith will be eligible to run for the series championship by running the full 2023 schedule.

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.” 

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