Friday, January 11, 2019

Joe Gibbs Oldest Son, J.D. Gibbs Passes Away

Joe Gibbs Racing made the announcement of J.D. Gibbs passing late in the evening of January 11, 2019. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer)

UPDATE: I'd like to pass along a link given by Joe Gibbs. The JD Gibbs Legacy website is a tribute dedicated to sharing the memory of this very impressive soul. >> (2-17-18)

By: Daniel Vining, Twitter: @danielvining

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (January 11, 2019) -- Joe Gibbs Racing issued a statement late Friday evening announcing the passing of team Co-Founder, and Co-Chairman, J.D. Gibbs.

Since 2015, Gibbs had been battling a degenerative neurological disease that effect his brain function.

Joe Gibbs Racing Statement:

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joe Gibbs Racing Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, J.D. Gibbs, who passed away earlier tonight at the age of 49 from complications following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease.

Joe Gibbs Racing appreciates everyone's respect for the privacy of the Gibbs family during this difficult time.

Additional information regarding details fro a memorial service will be forthcoming at a future date."

After attending The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, playing as a quarterback, Gibbs began work with a new NASCAR team alongside his father, Washington Redskins Head Coach Joe Gibbs.

It only took a year for Joe Gibbs Racing to find victory lane, with Dale Jarrett in the 1993 Daytona 500. Gibbs was a tire changer on that winning team.

In the mid-1990’s, Gibbs climbed behind the wheel himself, racing first in the NASCAR Busch East Series before moving on to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and later the Busch Series. In 1998, Gibbs hung up his racing helmet to assume the role of JGR President and remained within the executive structure of the team until becoming less active in 2015 due to his medical issues.

Gibbs leaves wife Melissa, and sons: Jackson, Miller, Jason and Taylor, along with brother Coy to continue his memory among the rest of the large Gibbs family.

J.D. Gibbs was 49 years old.

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