Having a racing family is not something every driver is blessed with, so Ty Gibbs is certainly among the lucky ones. Breezing past his opponents on Saturday, the 18-year-old secured his first Xfinity Series win at the Daytona Road Course.
It was undoubtedly an emotional moment for his legendary grandfather, Mr. Joe Gibbs, owner of the Joe Gibbs Racing team. Indeed, his grandson took on some tough, experienced drivers and emerged victorious among them all.
Leading the way in congratulating Ty on his achievement was NASCAR driver Austin Dillon. A grandson himself to the great Mr. Richard Childress, he very well knows the feeling of what Gibbs’ achievement means.
Aside from Dillon, superstars Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin also took to the social media platform to convey their congratulations. Hamlin’s post’s caption read, “Way to go @TyGibbs_!!!!”
Similarly, the JGR No.18 wrote, “Very cool to see @TyGibbs_ drive the wheels off that 54 car. That was fun to watch. I’ve been talking racing w him for many many years and now he’s not just racing but winning! Congratulations kid!”
Having worked his way through the junior levels of the ARCA Menards Series, Ty received his first-ever opportunity to race in the Xfinity Series. The 18-year-old, however, showed no signs of being jittery as he took to the track at Daytona.
Beginning in 15th, no one had wildly expected him to even be in close proximity to pack leader Jeb Burton at the start of the race. But, hustling through the second overtime finish, he eventually took the lead with one lap to go.
Even then, Gibbs had no guarantee of the win as he continually faced pressure from Austin Cindric. But keeping his cool, he stacked the pace and expertly navigated through the final turns to cross the finish line 1.5 seconds or so in front of Cindric.
Yesterday’s victory also saw Gibbs become the youngest driver to win an Xfinity Series road course event. But while great things might be in store for him in the future, he will probably prefer to sit back and savor the moment for now.