J.D. Gibbs, son of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs and a co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing with his father, died Friday after a four-year battle with a degenerative neurological disease. He was 49.
“Joe Gibbs Racing appreciates everyone’s respect for the privacy of the Gibbs family during this difficult time,” the team said in a statement.
“I want to make sure that everybody here [knows] J.D.’s input with our race team, and everything when Tony [Stewart] was there, was so critical,” Joe Gibbs told reporters during the championship-contending owners news conference in November.
“Lots of times I get put in a position where I get up here and get to represent our company, but I just want to reflect on everything that J.D. has done, and the fact that he’s not with us [at the track].”
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