#19 Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Team News and Links

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Martin Truex Jr.
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ARRIS (23 races)(2019+)
ARRIS Racing
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Stanley Black & Decker (12 races)
Stanley Racing
PEAK (1 race)
Coca-Cola (1 race)
Interstate Batteries Racing (Coca-Cola 600)

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ARRIS [23 races] scheduled to be primary sponsor at following 2018 races:
Daytona, Clash - 2/11
Daytona, Duels - 2/15
Daytona 500 - 2/18
Atlanta - 2/25
Phoenix - 3/11
Auto Club - 3/18
Martinsville - 3/25
Bristol - 4/15
Richmond - 4/21
Talladega - 4/29
Charlotte, All-Star - 5/19
Pocono - 6/3
Michigan - 6/10
Kentucky - 7/14
New Hampshire - 7/22
Darlington - 9/2
Las Vegas - 9/16
Richmond - 9/22
Dover - 10/7
Kansas - 10/21
Martinsville - 10/28
Texas - 11/4
Homestead - 11/18

Stanley Tools [12 races] are scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following 2018 races:
Texas - 4/8, Children's Miracle Network
Dover - 5/6
Kansas - 5/12
the rest TBA

Coca-Cola was the sponsor at the following 2018 races:
Las Vegas - 3/4

PEAK [1 race] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following 2018 race:
Chicago - 7/1

Interstate Batteries [1 race] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following 2018 race:
Charlotte - 5/27

Contract Status: Driver: 2018+; Sponsors: Arris: 2019+; Stanley Tools: 2018?

#19 Team / Driver News

Daniel Suarez hopes to be in position to win races next year: Suarez said he and his team saw little progress from a rocky start in his rookie season and never developed the consistency needed to become a contender for wins. Suarez is confident his new Cup ride will provide more opportunities for success.[More](12-2-2018)

Martin Truex, Jr. and Cole Pearn to join Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Champions driver Martin Truex, Jr. and crew chief Cole Pearn will join the organization's No. 19 team in 2019.[More](11-7-2018)

Suarez says nothing finalized for 2019: Despite there being only three races left in the season and knowing that he is out of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (JGR) when the checkered flag falls at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Daniel Suarez, confirmed he has yet to finalize plans for 2019 - meaning he doesn't have a ride at the present time.[More](11-3-2018)

Rogers replaces Graves as #19 crew chief: Joe Gibbs Racing announced that crew chief Scott Graves is leaving the organization immediately. Dave Rogers, who has been serving as Technical Director for JGR Xfinity Series Operations, will assume the duties of crew chief for the #19 team for remainder of this season.[Joe Gibbs Racing](10-9-2018)

Richard Childress Racing and Stewart-Haas talking to Suarez: RCR could instead decide to move Daniel Hemric up from XFINITY, while SHR is believed to be able to put together a business-to-business deal for sponsorship.[More](9-24-2018)

ARRIS considering second sponsorship next season: In addition to honoring their contract with Joe Gibbs Racing, they would continue to support Daniel Suarez at some level.[More](9-19-2018)

Furniture Row to sell to GMS Racing? UPDATE: Furniture Row Racing is discussing a possible deal with NASCAR Xfinity/Truck series team GMS Racing that, if completed, would see FRR Owner Barney Visser sell FRR's assets to GMS.(8-23-2018)
UPDATE: Furniture Row Racing met with team principals from GMS Racing on Tuesday in Denver, but neither party expects a deal between the two organizations to materialize. The defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship team's intention is to remain on its current course.(8-24-2018)
UPDATE 2: With the GMS talks having apparently collapsed, sources said that another possible option for Truex that has now opened up is for him to go to Joe Gibbs Racing.[More](8-29-2018)

Joe Gibbs Racing renews with Toyota: Joe Gibbs Racing has signed an extension with Toyota Racing, an agreement confirmed by team owner Joe Gibbs on Saturday afternoon at Richmond Raceway.[More](4-22-2018)

Suarez injures thumb in Texas accident UPDATE: Daniel Suarez had his left thumb put in a splint following the NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas. He said in a video posted on Twitter he hurt the thumb in an accident on the second lap of the race. He continued to compete after the accident and finished 29th. He will visit a doctor Tuesday.[More](4-9-2018)
UPDATE: Suarez saw a doctor on Tuesday and was cleared to race.[More](4-10-2018)

Stanley makes its 2018 debut at Texas Sunday's MENCS event in Texas marks the first of 12 races in which STANLEY will be featured as primary sponsor of Suárez's #19 Toyota Camry. STANLEY, now in their fourth season as a primary sponsor at Joe Gibbs Racing, is synonymous with quality, reliability, innovation and value when it comes to providing the right tools for the job, whether that be a 'do-it-yourself' project or professional contractors on the jobsite. For the 12th consecutive year, STANLEY and the ACE Foundation are teaming up to donate $100,000 to Children's Miracle Network hospitals. If Suárez races his No. 19 Toyota Camry to victory at Texas, the donation will increase to $1 million. To kickstart the program, Suárez will visit Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas Thursday afternoon to unveil his Camry for the Texas race which was specially designed by Chip Foose and four patient champions. Foose and the patient champions will all be in attendance for Sunday's race.(JGR)(4-4-2018)

PEAK sponsoring Suarez in 2018: Daniel Suarez, the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, returns to Joe Gibbs Racing for his sophomore season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and he's bringing a familiar sponsor with him. PEAK, a family-owned business that has been developing high-quality automotive products for four decades, will be the primary sponsor of Suarez's #19 Toyota Camry for one race in July at Chicagoland Speedway.[More](1-2-2018)

Subway drops sponsorship of Suarez UPDATE: Subway, which had one race left on a four-race sponsorship with Joe Gibbs Racing's Daniel Suarez, has dropped the sponsorship. Subway: "Due to circumstances beyond our control, Subway had to terminate its sponsorship of Daniel Suarez."(9-2-2017)
UPDATE: Joe Gibbs Racing confirmed that a segment with Daniel Suarez handing out Dunkin Donuts on a prerace telecast in July was Subway's issue in terminating its deal.[More](9-4-2017)

Dave Rogers named JGR Director for XFINITY Series Operations: Joe Gibbs Racing names Dave Rogers technical director for its NASCAR XFINITY Series Operations. Rogers had previously served as the crew chief for the No. 19 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team before taking a personal leave of absence in March of this season.[More](6-19-2017)

Crew chief Dave Rodger to take leave of absence: Joe Gibbs Racing announces that crew chief Dave Rogers will take personal leave for an indefinite period of time and Scott Graves will assume the role of crew chief for the #19 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team. Graves has been serving as the crew chief for JGR's #18 NASCAR XFINITY Series team. His replacement will be named next week.[More](3-29-2019)

ARRIS Renews sponsorship with Joe Gibbs Racing: ARRIS Renews Multi-Year Sponsorship with Joe Gibbs Racing. Under the agreement, ARRIS will extend its primary sponsorship of Daniel Suárez to 22 races (up from 17 last year) in this season's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, following Carl Edwards' decision to step away from racing in January. Following his momentous win as the first foreign-born driver to win a NASCAR championship, Suárez will move up as the driver of the #19 ARRIS Toyota Camry to compete in NASCAR's highest series. "ARRIS is a strategic and dedicated partner on and off the track," said Joe Gibbs, founder and owner of JGR. "Their commitment to advancing the sport-from a sponsorship and technology perspective-makes them a genuine leader that our fans have recognized and embraced. We look forward to years of rewarding collaboration and to many more trips to victory lane."
"Our partnership with JGR and our involvement with NASCAR has been instrumental in introducing the ARRIS brand to millions of NASCAR fans. We had a great run with the legendary Carl Edwards, and now we're proud to continue our work with JGR by extending our race-day sponsorship to 22 events in support of Daniel Suárez's history-making trajectory," said Ron Coppock, Executive Vice President, Global Marketing and Customer Operations at ARRIS. "Daniel represents the future of racing, and we're looking forward to joining him on the podium in his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season."(PR)(2-16-2017)

Suarez allowed to run the Clash: NASCAR will allow Daniel Suarez to drive the Joe Gibbs Racing #19 car in the preseason race at Daytona. Substitutions have been allowed in the past for injuries or illness because teams have already landed sponsors and built cars for the event. Carl Edwards announced last week he would not race this year, and because JGR had already prepared to run the event, NASCAR will allow Suarez - who has never participated in a Cup race - to compete in the exhibition open to 2016 pole winners, past Daytona 500 pole winners, past winners of the event and anyone who made the 2016 Chase. NASCAR VP Jim Cassidy: "We looked at the circumstances and timing around the unexpected driver change with the #19 Joe Gibbs Racing team and made the determination that we will allow a driver substitution for the Advanced Auto Parts Clash. The team was already in the advanced stages of preparing for that event, and we felt it made sense to allow that car to run."(ESPN.com)(1-19-2017)

Daniel Suarez named the driver of the #19 Toyota: 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Champions, Daniel Suarez has been named the driver of Joe Gibbs Racing's #19 Toyota for 2017 running for Rookie of Year award. Suarez replaces Carl Edwards who announced earlier that he was leaving the sport immediately. ARRIS, Stanley and Subway will return as sponsors. Sports Clips is listed on the car. No word if Comcast/XFINITY will return as a primary sponsor in 2017. Dave Rogers stays on as the crew chief. As for Suarez's XFINITY Series plans, team owner Joe Gibbs said Suarez would probably run around 10 XFINITY Series races with other JGR drivers filling in. See images of the #19 car on the #19 Team Paint Scheme page (1-11-2017)

Edwards steps away from racing; Suarez to drive #19 Toyota: Joe Gibbs Racing announced that driver Carl Edwards has stepped away from racing in NASCAR. 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Champion Daniel Suárez will drive the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series #19 Toyota Camry in 2017.
Edwards, 37, joined Joe Gibbs Racing prior to the 2015 season and amassed five wins, 16 top-five and 33 top-10 finishes to go with nine pole awards in his two seasons with the organization. Over his 13-year career in NASCAR's premiere series he totaled 28 wins, 124 top-five, and 220 top-10 finishes, along with 22 pole awards. His 28 career wins ties him for 23rd all-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
"This has been a very difficult decision for me, but I'm confident that it is the right one for several reasons," said Edwards. "It would be impossible for me to thank everyone I need to, but I do want to take a moment to say I greatly appreciate the support from Coach and everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing, especially my team and teammates, my sponsors and of course my fans. I could not have a better situation in racing than the one I currently have, so stepping away from that certainly took a lot of consideration."
Edwards was the 2005 NASCAR XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year and captured the Series Championship in 2007. He amassed 38 wins in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in his career. Edwards also won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year honor in 2003 and totaled six career wins in the Series. "Certainly this was not something that we were expecting as we prepared for the 2017 season," said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. "However, it was clear in our conversations with Carl that he had given this careful consideration and believes strongly that it is the direction he needs to go. We support him in that. We loved having him be part of our team the past two years and we will miss him, but we hope he is happy in whatever is next for his life."
Daniel Suárez captured the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship in 2016 in just his second full season in the Series. He is the first foreign-born driver to win a NASCAR Championship. He won three races and earned 19 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes along with three pole awards last season. "This is amazing. I really can't believe it. It is my dream, but I did not expect it right now," said Suárez. "I can't wait to get started. I have a lot to learn, but I couldn't ask for a better situation. I have the support of a great team around me. I have so many people to thank that helped get me to this point of my career, starting with my family of course, but it would be impossible for me to list everyone. I do want to thank Coach (Gibbs) and everyone at JGR for this opportunity,. and I also want to thank ARRIS, STANLEY, Subway, Interstate Batteries and Toyota for their support. I can't wait for Daytona." Suárez will make his first-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2017.
"We are thrilled for Daniel," said Gibbs. "Once we learned that Carl would not return next season, Daniel was really the obvious choice to take the wheel of this newly redesigned 2018 Camry. He is a great fit for our team and our partners. He has worked extremely hard and proven to be a quick learner. He will have a great team around him and he will have great teammates to lean on. This might be a bit earlier than we anticipated, but he has earned the opportunity and we are excited for his future."(Joe Gibbs Racing)(1-11-2017)

Statement from NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France on Carl Edwards: "Carl Edwards has made an indelible mark on NASCAR. His hard-charging driving style has led to memorable moments that will live forever in the history of our sport. Carl's passion and personality will greatly be missed - as will the signature backflips that NASCAR fans have come to expect following his victories. We wish Carl nothing but the best as he enters this next phase in life."(NASCAR)(1-11-2017)

Carl Edwards to retire immediately? UPDATE Press Conference: #19-Carl Edwards is expected to announce Wednesday that he will retire immediately from NASCAR racing, according to sources familiar with his plans. Edwards, 37, spent 13 years in the Cup Series and won 28 times in 445 starts. No immediate reason was available for why Edwards would retire. Daniel Suarez will be named the replacement for Edwards at Joe Gibbs Racing, sources said. Suarez, from Mexico, became the first foreign-born driver to win a NASCAR national series when he earned the Xfinity Series title in 2016.(ESPN)
AND: Joe Gibbs Racing is scheduled to hold two separate news conferences [Edwards retirement? Hamlin contract extension?) starting at 10:00am/et on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from its headquarters in Huntersville, NC.(JGR)
MORE: Edwards is leaving Joe Gibbs Racing to pursue other interests outside of driving and will not compete in 2017. On Wednesday, JGR will announce at a press conference that Daniel Suarez will replace Edwards as the driver of the team's #19 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota. Suarez is the reigning NASCAR XFINITY Series champion. Representatives of Edwards and Joe Gibbs Racing declined comment. David Wilson, president of TRD, U.S.A., also declined comment on Edwards' departure.(FoxSports)(1-10-2017)
UPDATE: As the NASCAR world waits to hear Carl Edwards' explanation for his sudden retirement, one reason can be ruled out. Edwards is not leaving for a TV job at Fox Sports or NBC Sports. "We were as surprised as anyone to hear the news about Carl Edwards' expected retirement, and we will be following the story alongside everyone else," said John Entz, president of Fox Sports Production and an executive producer, in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. "Fox Sports has really enjoyed having Carl in the booth and on our air in various capacities over the years, but speculation that he may be climbing out of the car to join the Fox NASCAR broadcast team is unfounded. Our team is set for the near future and we wish Carl well in whatever he chooses to do next." A spokeswoman for NBC Sports told USA TODAY Sports that Edwards was not joining that network, either.(USA Today)
PRESS CONFERENCE: JGR will hold two separate news conferences starting at 10am/et on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, from its headquarters in Huntersville, NC.
Both press conferences will be live-streamed on NASCAR.com also via radio at Motor Racing Network the MRN App and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.(1-11-2017)

Joe Gibbs Racing makes changes to executive team: J.D. Gibbs will join his father Joe Gibbs as Co-Chairman of JGR with Coy Gibbs officially joining the NASCAR operations as Vice-Chairman/Chief Operating Officer, and Dave Alpern, who has been with Joe Gibbs Racing since its beginning, has been named President of the organization. In addition, JGR announces Tim Carmichael will assume expanded responsibilities in his role as Chief Financial Officer, while Wally Brown will serve as Competition Director and Todd Bowland has been named Technical Director. Todd Meredith has resigned his position as Chief Operating Officer but will continue to consult for the organization over the next several months as he explores new opportunities.
"The Lord has blessed me and my family with something that is truly remarkable and as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary at Joe Gibbs Racing this year, it is more apparent than ever that our people are responsible for the success we have experienced," said Joe Gibbs. "We feel the timing is right to bring Coy into the NASCAR operations in a more official capacity. He has done an outstanding job with our motocross operations and will continue to provide his leadership there as well.
Coy Gibbs launched JGRMX in 2008 and has been at the center of every aspect of the operations from personnel decisions to sponsor acquisitions and competition direction. He will primarily be focused on the operations side for JGR's NASCAR team while continuing his daily role with JGRMX.
"I'm excited to be more involved with our NASCAR operations," said Coy Gibbs. "I take great pride in what we have accomplished with our motocross operations and I will continue to provide direction there, while working more closely with my father and brother on the NASCAR side of the business. I know we have a tremendous team in place already and I'm looking forward to being more involved now in this official capacity."
Alpern joined JGR in 1992 and has worked in the organization's marketing department since his arrival and most recently served in the capacity of Chief Marketing Officer the past two years. Alpern has been a key figure to JGR's involvement in the RTA and is well respected by his peers within the industry. Meredith joined JGR in 1992 and has spent the past 25 years working in the competition and operations departments of the organization. He was named Chief Operating Office in 2013.(Joe Gibbs Racing)(2-4-2016)

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