Gibbs cars to have sticker honoring JD Gibbs

All of Joe Gibbs Racing will run a special sticker this season honoring former team president and co-chairman J.D. Gibbs who passed away on Jan. 11.

Using Twitter the team revealed the special sticker.

Driver Denny Hamlin has promised to donate $111 for every lap he leads this season to the J.D. Gibbs Legacy Fund.

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“J.D. did so much for my career,” Hamlin told NASCAR.com. “He was the person that drove to Hickory Motor Speedway while I was running a Late Model and watched me make laps around there and called his dad and said that, ‘Hey, I think we’ve got something here that we should pay attention to.’ He’s ultimately the guy that got me here. I’m driving his race car, his number. He was my car owner throughout my career, so it’s just special to be able to remember him in this kind of way — all the positives that he did for not only me, but for this organization. For me to be able to donate back to that legacy fund, it’s just a simple choice.”

Gibbs was not always a member of the management team at JGR. He once was an over the wall crew member and also made 13 starts in what is now the Xfinity Series.

JGR fields cars in the Cup Series for Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones. They also have three Xfinity Series teams with two full-time drivers in Christopher Bell and Brandon Jones.