Racing confirmed the increased increasing loss in J.D. (Jason Dean) Gibbs in a discharge that read as follows:”It’s with fantastic sadness that we announce the departure of Racing Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, J.D. Gibbs, that passed out earlier tonight at age 49 from complications following a long struggle with a degenerative neurological disease.

Racing appreciates everyone’s respect for solitude of the Gibbs family in this tough time. Additional information about details for a memorial ceremony will soon be coming at the next date.”

It had been revealed in March of 2015 which J.D. was battling the disease

He went across the wall as a team member, winning the 1993 Daytona 500 as a portion of Dale Jarrett’s team. 

The community has offered an outpouring of aid following news of his departure.