Coy Gibbs, son of Joe Gibbs and CEO of NASCAR, has died at the age of 49


Coy Gibbs, the youngest son of professional football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs who was an executive with his father’s auto racing team, has died at the age of 49.

Joe Gibbs Racing confirmed Gibbs passed away on Sunday, saying Coy Gibbs died “in his sleep last night.”

“Family values ​​all thoughts and prayers,” said Joe Gibbs Racing. Statement on Twitter“Privacy is requested at this time.”

The cause of death was not immediately announced.

Joe Gibbs, the three-time Super Bowl-winning coach with Washington who led the NASCAR top-tier organization with the help of his two sons, has now lost both. JD Gibbs passed away in 2019, also at the age of 49, after a long battle with a neurodegenerative disease.

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of Coy Gibbs,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France He said in the current situation. “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.”

Joe Gibbs Racing Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Coy Gibbs was in the Phoenix area Saturday night to watch his 20-year-old son Ty Gibbs win the Xfinity Series title at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.

Gibbs had been criticized after destroying teammate Brandon Jones in last week’s race, in the process costing the latter a chance to win the season’s title. Coy Gibbs said after Saturday’s race that his son made a “fatal mistake last week” but “doubled and done his job” in the Xfinity Series finale.

“It was fun to watch,” Coy Gibbs said at the time, after seeing his son, who is one of four children with his wife, Heather, get the win.

Ty Gibbs was scheduled to drive a car for 23XI Racing, a team owned by Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan, in the NASCAR Cup Series Finals on Sunday at Phoenix Raceway. He withdrew from that job in the wake of his father’s death and was replaced by Daniel Hemrick, who finished 17th.

NASCAR held a minute’s silence in honor of Coy Gibbs on the Sunday before the Cup Series race. One Joe Gibbs Racing team member, Christopher Bell, was among the four drivers on Sunday who stand a chance of winning the season title; He finished tenth place.

Bale said after the race won by Joey Logano, who also won the season title.

“Whenever I get news like it’s definitely keeping in mind there is more to this, outside of racing,” Bell added. “The Gibbs family is all in our prayers, and I’m thinking of them.”

“Today we’ll do what we don’t want to do,” Hamlin He said In a tweet prior to the start of the Cup Series race, “But we’ll unite as a family and race for the name on our chest.”

Several current and former NASCAR drivers have also shared messages of support for the Gibbs family, including Kyle Busch, who finished seventh in his last race with Joe Gibbs Racing.

“Words can’t describe this day,” Bush chirp. “Today was already hard enough, but it’s even more painful now. Heartbroken.”

Washington Leaders Inc owner Daniel Snyder, who hired Joe Gibbs for a second term as a coach for the franchise from 2004 to 2007, said Sunday that he and his wife, Tanya, were “devastated” in the news.

“Our thoughts are with Coach Gibbs and his wife Pat,” Snyder said at statement. “Coy has been part of the Washington football family, having served on our coaching staff from 2004 to 2006. We express our deepest condolences from the entire family of the Washington captains to his wife Heather and their four children.”

After playing college football as a Stanford quarterback, Coy Gibbs spent several years as a driver, including NASCAR’s Xfinity and Truck Series. He then joined his father’s NFL team in Washington as a offensive assistant QC before being assigned in 2007 to head up Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross. When JD Gibbs, then-president of the parent company, began suffering from neurological problems in 2014, Coy Gibbs took on bigger duties.

“Racing is a family and the relationships within the entire garage run much deeper than the competition on the track,” said David Wilson, head of Toyota Racing Development, whose company has for years been a partner of JGR, in a statement (via Today, we have lost a dear part of our family. Coy Gibbs’ loss is devastating to everyone at Toyota and TRD. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with Joe, Pat, Heather, Ty, Case, Jett, Ellie and all the Gibbs family and the Joe Gibbs Racing family.”

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