Gibbs was applying character based leadership long before he started in NASCAR. After 17 years of serving as an assistant coach to several college and NFL teams, Gibbs was hired as head coach of the Washington Redskins in 1981 and his determination and perseverance were immediately on display when the team lost its first five games. The Redskins rebounded to finish that season 8-8 and the following season, he would lead the Redskins to their first Super Bowl Championship in franchise history. Over the decade that followed he would lead the Redskins to three more Super Bowls, including victories in Super Bowl XXII following the 1987 season and Super Bowl XXVI after the 1991 season.
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is one of the premier organizations in NASCAR with four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams, three NASCAR XFINITY Series teams and a driver development program. Its 2017 driver lineup will consist of Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, and Daniel Suárez in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Meanwhile Matt Tifft will run fulltime in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, joining Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suárez, Kyle Benjamin, Christopher Bell, and Ryan Preece, who will all run partial schedules. In addition, Cody Coughlin and Riley Herbst are currently in JGR’s driver development program. Based in Huntersville, N.C., and owned by Joe Gibbs — a three-time Super Bowl winner as head coach of the Washington Redskins and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame — JGR has competed in NASCAR since 1992, winning four Cup Series championships, and four Nationwide Series owner’s championships along with more than 270 NASCAR races, including four Brickyard 400s and two Daytona 500s.