DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Joe Gibbs was in his second season as owner of his eponymous racing team when the stress of a close race at the Daytona 500 hit him.
His relatively inexperienced son worked in the pits and had to be flawless with the Dale Jarrett rider leading the race. Indeed, Jarrett stops and his tire changer, J.D Gibbs, will have to live up to the performance of his career.
"I was looking for a place to throw up," said Joe Gibbs.
The young Gibbs secured three wheel nuts – he needed five – dropped the Chevrolet and the crew sent the car on the road. Another tire changer asked Gibbs if three wheel nuts were enough to earn the Jarrett Daytona 500 title.
& # 39; & # 39; We are about to find out, &; Joe Gibbs reminded his son.
Jarrett took the win at Daytona and the 1993 win helped Joe Gibbs Racing enter one of NASCAR's top teams. J.D. Gibbs was present from the ground floor during the championship seasons, a proud and visionary son behind the brilliant career of several NASCAR stars.
Joe Gibbs is touched by the support of the NASCAR community since J.D., his eldest son, died last month as a result of a long battle against a degenerative neurological disease. He was 49 years old.
"I think that J.D. led a godly life and touched so many people," Gibbs said Friday. & # 39; & # 39; He came back again and again. & # 39; & # 39;
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The Hamlin charity donates $ 111 to the J.D. Gibbs Legacy fund for each ride it leads in the # 11 Toyota in 2019. Hamlin also hopes to dedicate a win to Gibbs, preferably to Daytona. The Gibbs family has created a legacy fund on Jdgibbslegacy.com.
"I do not want to give up on J.D." says Gibbs. & # 39; & # 39; We really appreciate how many people here prayed. It's a very united family in many ways. So many people have come together to help us. & # 39; & # 39;
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Gibbs was eventually co-president of JGR, but started with organizing as a part-time driver and crew member on the wall. He participated in 13 national NASCAR series between 1998 and 2002. He left JGR in 2015 when it was announced that he was suffering from "brain-related conditions". He was president of JGR at the time.
Gibbs' favorite number was 11 and Fox Sports announced that there would be a lap 11 tribute to the Daytona 500 broadcast on Sunday.
Gibbs left his wife Melissa and her four sons.
& # 39; & # 39; J.D. lives again, "Gibbs said. & # 39; & # 39; He lives in us. These four boys. His family and everyone he touched. & # 39; & # 39;
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