Coy Gibbs, the vice president of Joe GibbsRacing, died Sunday morning just hours after his son won the Xfinity Series championship. She was 49 years old.
“It is with a heavy heart that Joe Gibbs Racing confirms that Coy Gibbs (part owner) has passed away,” the team said in a statement issued shortly before the start of NASCAR’s final season. “The family appreciates all thoughts and prayers and requests privacy at this time.”
— NASCAR Latino (@NASCARLatino) November 6, 2022
Joe Gibbs, who belongs to the Hall of Fame of the NFL and also NASCAR, has lost his two children. JD Gibbs died in 2019 of a degenerative neurological disease; he was also 49 years old at the time of his death. Coy Gibbs replaced his older brother as vice president of the NASCAR family organization.
“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of Coy Gibbs,” added NASCAR President and CEO Jim France. “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 for the loss of Coy, a true friend and racer.”
It is with great sorrow that Joe Gibbs Racing confirms that Coy Gibbs (co-owner) went to be with the Lord in his sleep last night. The family appreciates all the thoughts and prayers and asks for privacy at this time.
— Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) November 6, 2022
NASCAR held a moment of silence for Coy Gibbs before Sunday’s Cup championship at Phoenix Raceway, where JGR’s Christopher Bell was contending for the title. Kyle Busch, in his final race after 15 years with the team, was visibly shaken.
“Today we will do what we don’t want to do, but we will come together as a family and compete for the name on our chest,” JGR driver Denny Hamlin tweeted.
Ty Gibbs was scheduled to drive the No. 23 for 23XI Racing, but was replaced by Daniel Hemric for what 23XI called “a family emergency.” Jackson Gibbs, son of the late JD Gibbs, was on the Bell pit crew on Sunday and worked the race.
Coy Gibbs had just wrapped up a week with his 20-year-old son, who won the Xfinity title on Saturday and is expected to soon be named Busch’s replacement at JGR.
But Ty Gibbs had been criticized this year for his aggressive driving and last week he snatched the lead from teammate Brandon Jones at Martinsville Speedway on the final lap. Jones needed to win the race to get to the Xfinity championship, and JGR and Toyota would have had two cars in the final had Gibbs taken second.