HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — J.D. Gibbs, son of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs and Also a co-founder of Joe Gibbs Meeting with his Dad, died Friday after a four-year Struggle with a degenerative neurological disease. He was 49.
“Joe Gibbs Racing appreciates everybody’s esteem for the solitude of their Gibbs family during this tough time,” the team said in an announcement.
“I want to be certain everybody here [knows] J.D.’s input with our race crew, and everything Tony [Stewart] was there, was really so critical,” Joe Gibbs told reporters throughout the championship-contending owners news seminar at November.
“Plenty of times I get placed in a spot where I get up here and have to represent our company, but I only wish to reflect on what that J.D. has done, and the fact he’s not around [at the trail ].”
Joe Gibbs conducts his own NASCAR race team. His other son, Coy, has helped run the race team the previous 3 years.
J.D. Gibbs is credited to giving Denny Hamlin his first opportunity to compete in NASCAR at a national level. Hamlin posted a tribute to Gibbs late Friday night on Twitter.
His vehicle. His number. His signature above my own door. I’ll remain thankful for what His family did for mine and the ability he gave me 14 years back. More than ever #doitforJD
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) January 1-2, 20-19
In might 2015, the team announced J.D. Gibbs had began therapy for symptoms affecting regions of brain function, including processing and speech difficulties.
The team said doctors determined that the origin was”head injuries likely suffered earlier in life,” but they did not determine one injury. An former defensive back and quarterback at the College of William & Mary in 1987 to 1990, Gibbs had a short career as a race car driver and enjoyed other extreme activities.