All Joe Gibbs Racing teams will run a special sticker to honor the former JGR president and co-chairman J.D. Gibbs, who passed away on Jan. 11.
The team revealed the sticker via Twitter on Monday morning.
— Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) January 28, 2019
Denny Hamlin personally applied the J.D Gibbs Legacy decal to his No. 11 Toyota during a Monday morning paint scheme reveal. Hamlin said that he would honor Gibbs by personally donating $111 for every lap he leads this season to the J.D. Gibbs Legacy Fund.
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“J.D. did so much for my career,” Hamlin told NASCAR.com. “He was the person that drove to Hickory Motor Speedway while I was running a Late Model and watched me make laps around there and called his dad and said that, ‘Hey, I think we’ve got something here that we should pay attention to.’ He’s ultimately the guy that got me here. I’m driving his race car, his number. He was my car owner throughout my career, so it’s just special to be able to remember him in this kind of way — all the positives that he did for not only me, but for this organization. For me to be able to donate back to that legacy fund, it’s just a simple choice.”
Before joining the organization’s senior management, Gibbs was an over-the-wall crew member and a part-time driver, making 13 NASCAR national series starts from 1998-2002. Gibbs’ life was remembered during a service held in Davidson, North Carolina on Friday morning.
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JGR fields four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars for drivers Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones, as well as three Xfinity Series cars — two of which are driven by regulars in the series — Christopher Bell and Brandon Jones.
— Zack Albert contributed to this story