Coy Gibbs, co-owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, son of team patriarch Joe Gibbs and father of NASCAR driver Ty Gibbs, has died at the age of 49, the racing team announced.
“It is with great sadness that Joe Gibbs Racing confirms that (co-owner) Coy Gibbs has gone to rest in the Lord. The family appreciates all thoughts and prayers and requests privacy at this time,” the team said. Twitter Sunday evening
Joe Gibbs lost another son, JD Gibbs, in 2019. He also died at age 49 after a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease, according to NASCAR.
Coy Gibb’s cause of death has not been released, but Ty Gibbs’ 20-year-old son died just hours after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship race.
Coy Gibbs spoke to the media about his son’s race on Saturday after a controversial week.
“I’m watching today, yeah, to see his determination,” NASCAR said.
“I think he has the skills and he has the determination. It certainly made me proud. I think my wife did it because we were both proud of her because she hammered and did her job. If he wants to do that job, he will learn how to do it,” he added.
Coy Gibbs joined his father’s team after finishing his college football career at Stanford University, according to NASCAR. Coy and JD Gibbs both worked in the Joe Gibbs Racing office, and Coy Gibbs also raced for the team, according to NASCAR.
News of Coy Gibbs’ death stunned the NASCAR world on the final race day of the season. Before the start of the race there was a moment of silence in his memory.
Ty Gibbs, who was scheduled to drive the No. 23 car in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona, was replaced by driver Daniel Hemric hours before the race due to what his 23XI Racing team cited as a “family emergency.” the cause
Denny Hamlin, one of Joe Gibbs Racing’s most successful drivers he tweeted“Today we will do what we don’t want to do, but we will unite as a family and race for the name on the chest”.
NASCAR President and CEO Jim France said in a statement: “We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of Coy Gibbs. On behalf of the France Family and all of NASCAR, I extend my deepest condolences to Joe, Pat, Heather, the Gibbs family and everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing , Coy, for the loss of a true friend and runner.”
This story is developing.