By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Joe Gibbs Racing co-owner Coy Gibbs has passed away. He was 49.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. But, according to the team, he passed away in his sleep.
“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,” Joe Gibbs Racing said in a Facebook post. “The family appreciates all the thoughts and prayers and asks for privacy at this time.”
Gibbs is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer and Joe Gibbs Racing owner Joe Gibbs. He was the father of Ty Gibbs, who is a young up-and-coming star in NASCAR.
Hours before his death, Gibbs, his wife, and Ty celebrated the 20-year-old’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. Gibbs was expected to drive in today’s NASCAR Cup Series race.
However, due to the death of his father, he was removed from driving the 200-plus mph car. Gibbs was replaced by Xfinity Series driver Daniel Hemric.
The younger Gibbs is expected to replace Kyle Busch in the No. 18 entry. Busch was forced out as a free agent and eventually signed a new deal for 2023 with Richard Childress Racing.
The former Washington Redskins head coach, 81, has now lost both of his sons. In January 2019, J.D. Gibbs passed away from a degenerative neurological disease right before the Daytona 500.
Denny Hamlin went out and won the historic race. He dedicated the win to J.D. in Victory Lane. Both of Gibbs’s sons passed away at 49.