NASCAR's Joe Gibbs Racing Vice Chairman, Coy Gibbs, dies at 49

NASCAR’s Joe Gibbs Racing Vice Chairman, Coy Gibbs, dies at 49

Coy Gibbs who worked as the vice chairman for NASCAR’s Joe Gibbs Racing, has passed away, the race team officially announced Sunday afternoon hours before the Cup Series championship race was set to start. He was 49. Gibbs’ son, Ty, also won the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship on Saturday night.

He was set to race for Kurt Busch at the Cup Series finale but was removed due to a family emergency. Hours later, the team disclosed that Coy Gibbs has died.

Coy Gibbs Death, How Did He Die?

There was a statement that said:

“It is with great sorrow that Joe Gibbs Racing confirms that Coy Gibbs (co-owner) went to be with the Lord in his sleep last night. The family appreciates all the thoughts and prayers and asks for privacy at this time,”

“When you start this day, you just want to get it over with, you just want to get past it,” he said. “I think he’s just doubled down and did his job after making a huge mistake last week. It was fun to watch.” His presence will be felt in the racing world for years to come.

Who is Coy Gibbs?

Gibbs was the beloved son of Joe Gibbs, who was the former NFL coach who began Joe Gibbs Racing in the year 1991. Coy also worked as an assistant coach for the famed Washington NFL team from 2004 to 2007 under his father’s watch. He also played linebacker at Stanford from 1991 to 1994.

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He has also run the Truck Series in the Xfinity Series. He finished at 21 top-10 finishes in the Truck Series and twice was top 10s in the Xfinity Series.