Coy Gibbs, a co-owner of Joe Gibbs Racing and the father of NASCAR racer Ty Gibbs, died at the age of 49, according to the racing organization.
“Coy Gibbs, the co-owner, passed away peacefully yesterday night, Joe Gibbs Racing has confirmed with deep grief. The family requests privacy at this time and appreciates all good wishes, the club said on Sunday afternoon.
J.D. Gibbs, Joe Gibbs’ other son, passed away in 2019. According to NASCAR, he passed away after a protracted fight with a degenerative neurological condition, also at the age of 49.
Coy Gibb passed away mere hours after his 20-year-old son, Ty Gibbs, won the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship race; the cause of death has not been released.
Following a contentious week, Coy Gibbs addressed the media about his son’s campaign on Saturday.
He was reported by NASCAR as stating, “Watching it today, sure, just to see his dedication.”
“I believe he is skilled and determined. It undoubtedly gave me pride. Because he just pounded down and completed his task, I believe that made my wife and I both proud. He will learn how to do it if he wants to do this for a job, he continued.
After ending his collegiate football career at Stanford University, Coy Gibbs joined his father’s squad, according to NASCAR. According to NASCAR, Coy and J.D. Gibbs, both worked in the front office of Joe Gibbs Racing, and Coy Gibbs also participated in team racing.
On the day of the season’s last race, the news of Coy Gibbs’ passing shook the NASCAR community. Before the race began, there was a minute of silence to honor his memory.
Just hours before the race, Daniel Hemric took over the No. 23 vehicle from Ty Gibbs, who had been scheduled to race it in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. His 23XI Racing team cited “a family situation” as the reason for the change.
One of the most successful drivers for Joe Gibbs Racing, Denny Hamlin, tweeted, “Today we will do what we don’t want to do, but we we will unify as a family and compete for the name on our breast.”
In a statement, Jim France, the chairman, and CEO of NASCAR said, “We are devastated by the untimely death of Coy Gibbs. I send my sympathies to Joe, Pat, Heather, the Gibbs family, and everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing on the passing of Coy, a genuine friend, and racer, on behalf of the France Family and all of NASCAR.