J.D. Gibbs, who pushed his father, Joe Gibbs, to enter the world of motorsport for the first time, died Friday. He was 49 years old.
The eldest son of the owner of NASCAR Hall of Fame, J.D., was fighting a degenerative neurological disease. In 2015 he was treated for symptoms that were affecting areas of brain function, including language and cognitive processing. The origin of the disease was never diagnosed, although doctors suspected it was probably related to head injuries previously experienced in his life.
Born Jason Dean Gibbs, 21 February 1969, J.D. he led an extrovert and active lifestyle. A defense and a fourth defensive from 1987 to 1990, Gibbs attended the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
"JD gains strength from the fact that he has a personal relationship with the Lord, and I must tell you that he is my hero when I look at him a little," said Joe Gibbs in 201
" He went through a situation with his son Taylor who had leukemia at two o'clock and we fought for about three or four years. JD throughout his life was probably the bravest person I have ever known or known. "
Joe Gibbs Racing was founded in 1992 and JD was named president of the company in October 1997. When Joe Gibbs headed back to the NFL, JD took the reins of the company and drove it to the mid-2000s.
Under his guidance, JGR began to expand into what it has become today, Gibbs signed Denny Hamlin, who would win the Daytona 500 in 2016, and led to Kyle Busch. Busch won the fourth premier league championship of the organization
At that time, Joe Gibbs Racing made the transition from Chevrolet to Toyota and expanded to four cars in the NASCAR Cup series of Monster Energy and three in the Xfinity series JD was also instrumental in the company that relocated to Toyota Racing Development engines
Gibbs was named co-president of Joe Gibbs Racing along with his father in February 2016. Behind the wheel, Gibbs has made 29 departures since 1997 to 2002 between NASCAR K & N Pro Series East, Camping World Truck and Xfinity Series.
He is survived by his wife Melissa and his sons Jackson, Miller, Jason and Taylor.