Joe Gibbs Racing

Joe Gibbs Racing, also known by the acronym JGR, is a group of NASCAR teams, which were founded by Joe Gibbs and who is also the owner. After his career in American football in 1991 he moved to motorsport. The headquarters of Joe Gibbs Racing is located in Huntersville, North Carolina, near Charlotte. Since 2000, the teams scored a total of three championships in the Sprint Cup.

Joe Gibbs Racing is in both the Sprint Cup and the Nationwide Series at the start. Team riders are Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Bush.

On 5 September 2007, announced Joe Gibbs Racing that they will be the flagship of Toyota during the 2008 season and switch from Chevrolet to Toyota Camry.

  • 2.1 car # 18
  • 2.2 car # 19
  • 2.3 car # 20
  • 3.1 Sprint Cup championships
  • 3.2 Rookie of the Year
  • 3.3 Grand National Division, Busch East Series
  • 3.4 NHRA

Sprint Cup

Car # 11

Originally, the car with the start number 11 to a test and development vehicle. In the 2003 season it was used for the first time in the Winston Cup at the Pepsi 400 at the start number 80 and with Advair as a sponsor. Mike Bliss drove this race and finished it at number 26, the next use of the car was only at the Tropicana 400 of the 2004 season with ConAgra and SlimJim as a sponsor, where Bliss came in 31st place. After a fourth place at the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, the fall race at the Richmond International Raceway the start number of 80 in 11 was modified and Ricky Craven drove the car to a 30th place at Talladega Superspeedway. Then graduated from JJ Yeley two races with the start number 11

In the 2005 season the car was used for the first time a full season. New sponsor has been FedEx. Jason Leffler drove the first 19 races, but was subsequently dismissed because of poor results. The rest of the season went Yeley, Terry Labonte and Denny Hamlin the car. The latter had most of the three drivers with seven starts and finished three races among the top 10. Then Hamlin became the new driver of the car for the 2006 season. He scored three pole positions and three wins, which earned him finish the season in third place in the championship.

Car # 18

The Interstate Batteries Chevrolet with start number 18 since the creation of Joe Gibbs Racing has now become a team. His Dabüt he celebrated at the Daytona 500, the 1992 season with Dale Jarrett behind the wheel, which was 36th after an accident. At the end of the season he was ranked 19th The 1993 season was much better and after Jarrett had won the Daytona 500 start of the season, he finished fourth in the championship.

After Jarrett deteriorated in the 1994 season on the 16th place, Bobby Labonte took over the car and drove him to the end of the 2005 season. Labonte won 21 with the number 18 as well as the Winston Cup in 2000. According to the championship worsened results and in the last two years, Labonte could not generate any more victory. Had a major influence on this development the termination of crew chief Michael McSwain in the middle of the 2004 season, as Labonte with his new crew chief Brandon Thomas playful opportunities to participate in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. New crew chief from the 2005 season was Steve Addington. But, among other problems with the car then tracked the team, and so Joe Gibbs Racing and Labonte broke after eleven years.

On November 12, 2005 JJ Yeley as the successor for the 2006 season and 2007 that landed in his first full season in 29th place in the championship. On 14 August 2007 Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Kyle Busch would drive during the 2008 season the car with starting number 18 by the end of 2010.

Car # 20

The car with the start number 20 and Home Depot was first used in the 1999 season at the Daytona 500 Tony Stewart, who qualified him directly to the second place. In the course of the season, he won three races and the title of Rookie of the Year. Stewart won since his debut in this car over 30 races and the championship in 2002 and 2005. For the 2009 season, he left his long-time team to start in his own team, Stewart -Haas Racing.

Since 2013 Matt Kenseth drives for Joe Gibbs Racing the car with starting number 20

Tony Stewart started off with the start number 20 for the car as a special kind of ceremony for the former owner of a Sprint Car teams Glen Neibel that with only six sent his car with the same starting number instead of the usual eight cylinders in the race to make the car lighter.

Car # 80

Occasionally Joe Gibbs Racing is a fourth car with starting number 80. Aric Almirola graduated this in the 2007 season, his debut in the Nextel Cup at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He should also take the Nextel All-Star Challenge and the Coca- Cola 600, but could not compete due to a training accident in the race. Almirola parted from the team, so that new plans for the use of the car will be evaluated ..

Nationwide Series

Car # 18

The car with the start number 18 came to Joe Gibbs Racing, when he and the # 44 took over the Shell Oil Pontiac Bobby Labonte, who previously led the team. Had the debut for Joe Gibbs Racing car during the Camping World 300NAPA Auto Parts 300, the 1998 season with Tony Stewart at the wheel. He qualified ninth and finished after an accident the race in 31 At the following race at the Rockingham Speedway Stewart started from the pole position, led 60 laps and finished second. In total, he completed 22 races this season, scoring five top 5 results and two pole positions. In addition to Stewart, Labonte drove in five races this season and won the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 to 1999 season, the starting number of 44 moved to 11 and MBNA became the new principal sponsor. Labonte drove one race before it on the Darlington Raceway injured his shoulder in qualifying. Later in the season, Jason Leffler drove four races with the number 18 and achieved his best result at the Memphis Motorsports Park with a 20th place.

Leffler drove the car the entire 2000 season, scored a pole position at Texas Motor Speedway and three top-10 results. At the end of the season, he joined Chip Ganassi Racing and was replaced by Jeff Purvis. Purvis had a good start to the season and was in the championship in seventh place, but was released in conjunction with sponsors affairs after the GNC Live Well 200. Mike McLaughlin took the wheel and was seventh in the championship. Despite a winless 2002 season, he improved to fourth place. Since Joe Gibbs wanted to put his son Coy Gibbs a cockpit available, McLaughlin had to leave the team. In his rookie season as Gibbs scored two top-10 results and was behind David Stremme second in the rookie standings. Despite Vigoro and The Home Depot as a new sponsor, the team decided to just go for a time in the 2004 season at the start. Labonte returned for two races and J. J. Yeley for 17 races back. The latter scoring four top-10 results. In the 2005 season, Yeley drove the car the full season, scored twelve top -10 results and finished eleventh in the championship. In the 2006 season he improved with three pole positions, nine top - five and 22 top-10 results in fifth place in the championship.

In November 2006, Brad Coleman signed with Joe Gibbs Racing and drives 17 of the 35 races. He shares the cockpit with Tony Stewart, Aric Almirola and Kevin Conway. The first pole position in the Busch Series Coleman scored on the Talladega Superspeedway, which he drove to ninth. He also achieved top 10 results at the Circuit Gilles -Villeneuve and Watkins Glen International.

2008, the car of Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin is down.

Car # 19

The car with the start number debuted at Carquest Auto Parts 300 for the 2005 season at Lowe 's Motor Speedway with Banquet Foods as a sponsor and Bobby Labonte as the driver. Labonte drove seven races and scored three top-10 results. After Labonte moved to Petty Enterprises, Aric Almirola took the wheel for seven races in the 2006 season. Side Almirola Tony Stewart drove in selected races the car but used his crew from the Nextel Cup.

Car # 20

After Joe Gibbs Racing had bought the team from Gary Bechtel in 2000, Porter-Cable became the new principal sponsor. Although Jeff Purvis exposed as a driver three races, he scored eleven top-10 results and one pole position in eleventh place in the championship. At the start of the 2001 season the car moved the starting number of 4 in 20 and Mike McLaughlin became the new driver. Even without main sponsor McLaughlin won the NASCAR Subway 300 and was sixth in the championship. In the 2002 season, Coy Gibbs drove five races with ConAgra Foods as a sponsor in the car with starting number 20, his best result was a 14th place at the Kentucky Speedway.

After Gibbs moved into the car with starting number 18, he was in the 2003 season, replaced by Mike Bliss and Rockwell Automation as a sponsor. Bliss scored 14 top-10 results and finished tenth in the championship. In the 2004 season he won at Lowe 's Motor Speedway and scored three pole positions. In 2005, Denny Hamlin took over the car, scored eleven top-10 results and finished the season in fifth place in the championship. Hamlin drove the entire 2006 season in which he won two races and fourth in the championship was. In the 2007 season, Hamlin and Almirola share the car.


Sprint Cup championships

  • 2002, 2005 - Tony Stewart
  • 2000 - Bobby Labonte

Rookie of the Year

  • 2006 - Denny Hamlin
  • 1999 - Tony Stewart

Grand National Division, Busch East Series