A ride in honor of former NASCAR racing executive, J.D. Gibbs, will be played Sunday at Daytona 500, Florida.
According to Ed Laukes, Toyota Motor North America's vice president of marketing for Toyota Motor North America, the eleven was Gibbs' favorite, it was announced on Friday at the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Gibbs, 49, died January 11 after battling a degenerative neurological disease for four years, the report said.
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Gibbs was the son of Joe Gibbs, former Super Bowl winner of the Washington Redskins, who told the newspaper that his family had been touched by his son's "story after story" in recent weeks.
J.D. was a co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and hired Denny Hamlin, Gibbs' driver in the # 11 Toyota.
Hamlin told the News-Journal that he would devote his season to J.D. and hoped to win Sunday's 500 wins for him.
Hamlin's charity also donates $ 111 to the J.D. Gibbs Legacy Fund for each tour it conducts, the ESPN news agency reported.
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"It will be very important," Hamlin told the sports shop. "Obviously, everyone knows how important it was for me and for my career and all that he has done for us, ensuring success on the track will be crucial for that." promised $ 111 for each tour we lead, it will be important for me to stand in front of and often be ahead. "
Joe told the newspaper that it would "tell the world" if his cars arrived in Victory Lane on Sunday.
"I think it's just a way of highlighting J.D.'s life and the fact that J.D. continues to live with so much," he said.
The young Gibbs played the post-quarterback and defender at William & Mary's from 1987 to 1990, while his father coached the Redskins, a team he headed for three Super Bowl titles. The son moved to NASCAR and the family business when his elder Gibbs created his NASCAR team in 1992.
Gibbs eventually became co-chair of JGR, having started as a part-time pilot and crew member on the wall. He competed in 13 national NASCAR series between 1998 and 2002. He retired from JGR in 2015 when he was reported to have "conditions related to brain function". He was president of JGR at the time.
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Gibbs is survived by his wife Melissa and his four sons.
"J.D. continues to live," said Joe. "He lives in us, these four boys, his family and everyone he touched."
Sunday's race will be the 61st Daytona 500. The coverage of the event by FOX Sports is scheduled at 14:30. AND.
Associated Press contributed to this report.