Coy Gibbs, father of Ty Gibbs and son of Joe Gibbs, dies at 49
It was a big moment for the Gibbs family, as they saw Joe Gibbs’ grandson win the title in NASCAR’s top development series.
“I’m definitely proud of him,” Coy Gibbs said during the winning team’s press conference Saturday at Phoenix Raceway.
Sunday brought a breakdown. Coy Gibbs (49) died in his sleep, according to a statement from Joe Gibbs Racing. Coy Gibbs co-owned the team founded by his father and served as chief operating officer and vice president.
“It is with great sadness that Joe Gibbs Racing confirms that Coy Gibbs went to be with the Lord in his sleep last night,” the team said in a statement.
“The family appreciates all thoughts and prayers and requests privacy at this time.”
Many JGR employees were close to Coy, who helped run the team’s day-to-day operations.
Ty Gibbs he was supposed to compete in the Cup on Sunday. Daniel Hemric he replaced him in car 23XI Racing no. 23. All four JGR Cup drivers competed in the race with Christopher Bellone of four drivers fighting for the Cup title.
Coy Gibbs was an aspiring NASCAR driver himself, competing in 39 NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2002-2003. He retired from racing and later focused on running Joe Gibbs Racing’s motocross teams.
About seven years ago, Coy Gibbs became more involved with NASCAR teams as his brother JD Gibbs began to suffer from a neurological disease. JD Gibbs died, also aged 49, in 2019.
“Racing is a family and the relationships within the entire garage run much deeper than the competition on the track,” said David Wilson, Toyota Racing President of Development. “Today we lost a dear part of our family.”
Coy Gibbs also played college football at Stanford from 1991-94, leading the team in tackles his senior season.
Coy Gibbs is survived by his wife Heather and children Ty, Elle, Case and Jett.
Bob Pockrass covers NASCAR for FOX Sports. He spent decades covering motorsports, including the last 30 Daytona 500s, with stints at ESPN, Sporting News, NASCAR Scene magazine and The (Daytona Beach) News-Journal. Follow him on Twitter @bobpockrassand sign up for FOX Sports NASCAR Newsletter with Bob Pockrass.
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