Coy Gibbs, the father of 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion Ty Gibbs, the Joe Gibbs Racing Vice Chairman and COO, and former NASCAR competitor has passed away at the age of 49.
In the statement, Joe Gibbs Racing said, “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.”
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
Gibbs leaves behind his wife Heather and their four children, Ty, Case, Jett and Elle.
Jim France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO, issued a statement following the announcement of the death of Coy Gibbs from Joe Gibbs Racing:
“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 on the loss of Coy, a true friend and racer.”
The Gibbs family has experienced a full spectrum of emotions over the last 24 hours as Ty Gibbs, Coy’s son, won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway on Saturday night and became the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion at just the age of 20 years old.
Hours later, the family was grieving the loss of Coy. Gibbs was preceded in death by his older brother J.D. Gibbs, who passed away in January, 2019 also at the age of 49.
Coy Gibbs, who was a team-leading tackler as a linebacker for Stafford University from 1991-1994, made his NASCAR driving debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2000, sharing the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing truck with his brother J.D.
From 2000 to 2003, Gibbs made 58 starts with six top-fives and 21 top-10s in the NASCAR Truck Series ranks, while he also made 39 starts with two top-10 finishes in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition.
Before moving over to the Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR team operations, Gibbs headed up the Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross team, which competed in AMA motocross and supercross.