Joe Gibbs Racing Co-Founder J.D. Gibbs Dies

J.D. Gibbs (Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR)

J.D. Gibbs, the co-founder of the NASCAR powerhouse organization Joe Gibbs Racing, passed away Friday. 

Joe Gibbs Racing announced the 49-year old passed away from complications following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease.

Super Bowl winning coach Joe Gibbs started his racing organization in 1992 with Dale Jarrett competing for the team at what is now the Monster Energy Cup Series level. J.D. Gibbs played a role in management of the organization since its inception. 

Following his days as a college football players, J.D. Gibbs also had a brief racing career. 

He made five career starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 1998 and 1999 and he ran eight events with the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series from from 2000 to 2002. 

He started 16 of 20 events on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule (former Busch North Series) in 1999.

That season included four starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, two starts at Stafford Speedway and one start at Thompson Speedway and one at Lime Rock Park in Salisbury for J.D. Gibbs.

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  1. Very sorry to wake up to this sad news. I feel very bad for Joe and his family. R.I.P. JD. God Bess

  2. My heart goes out to the Gibbs family. Having recently lost my mom, I know the pain and sadness that comes with the loss of a loved one. God bless J. D. And nay his soul bask in eternal light

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