The racing world is remembering J.D. Gibbs. The former NASCAR racer and highly recognized member of the NASCAR community died recently at the age of 49 following a battle with a degenerative illness. His death was announced by Joe Gibbs Racing last week.
A statement on the reads:
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our co-founder, leader, and friend, J.D. Gibbs, who passed away earlier this evening at the age of 49 from complications following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease.”
Since then, a has been established in his name.
Gibbs’ father is Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs. The father-son duo founded Joe Gibbs Racing together. Gibbs stepped away from full-time duties in 2015 to battle his health crisis. At that time, Joe Gibbs Racing announced he was seeking treatment for speech and processing issues.
Gibbs is credited with helping to launch the career of Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin, as well making the move from General Motors to Toyota. He also had a hand in Kyle Busch’s success. Busch’s car is pictured above in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina in May 2018.
On , Busch wrote:
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to succeed and for guiding me along the way. We won together and we lost together, but you had a way to light up a room and bring peace to all. It was truly an honor to call you a friend. Love you JD.”
Before he headed into management, Gibbs was a crew member who changed tires and also did some driving of his own. He made 13 Nascar national series starts from 1998 to 2002.