“I’m One of the Luckiest Guys in the World” – Joe Gibbs on Starting his NASCAR Racing Team

Published 08/16/2021, 7:50 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 18: Team owner Joe Gibbs stands on pit road during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)


Way back in 1991, former NFL coach Joe Gibbs established the Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR team. Since its inception, the team has grown in leaps and bounds. The team has racked up seven championships, including five Cup Series crowns in its three decades of existence. Bobby Labonte drove the team to its maiden title in 2000.

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Tony Stewart triumphed in 2002 and 2005, while Kyle Busch took the crown in 2015 and 2019. The remaining two titles came in the Xfinity Series, courtesy of Kyle Busch and Daniel Suarez. In addition to that, the outfit has amassed 191 Cup Series and 182 Xfinity Series wins.

In his first press conference after the team was established in 1991, Joe Gibbs said, “Everybody’s got their dreams. Very few people get to live them. I’ve had one in football and dreamed about being a head coach for an NFL team. I guess I’m one of the luckiest guys in the world, because I get another one as I’ve always dreamed about. This is what I’ve thought about

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Get to know Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing

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The  80-year-old is best known for being the head coach of the Washington Football team, then known as the Redskins. Prior to that, he worked with the likes of the St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Diego Chargers. However, he elected to retire from the sport to pursue a new passion, NASCAR racing.

DOVER, DELAWARE – OCTOBER 06: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, talks with team owner, Joe Gibbs, prior to the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway on October 06, 2019 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The former NFL coach has been inducted into both, Pro Football and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Led by Gibbs and with the support of his drivers, the Joe Gibbs Racing team has become a force to be reckoned with. In the 2021 season, the current crop of drivers include Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr and Christopher Bell.

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At the moment, all four drivers are competing for the 2021 Cup Series playoffs. The good news is that all of them have qualified, despite Hamlin not notching up a win. He held onto the championship lead for a long time until he was forced to surrender it to Kyle Larson after the Watkins Glen race.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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