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Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that longtime partner GameStop will sponsor Erik Jones for 10 races in the No. 20 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. This season will mark GameStop’s eighth season partnering with the Joe Gibbs Racing organization.
Matt Kenseth piloted the No. 20 GameStop Toyota in 2013 and 2014, finishing his two-year stint with a win at the season finale XFINITY Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kenseth now hands the reins over to 18-year-old Jones who will drive the No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry for 10 races this season, starting with the XFINITY Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
“As a gamer, I’ve always followed the cars GameStop puts on the track each year,” Jones said. “It’s so cool that they change their paint scheme for every race, and they’ve featured many of my favorite games. It’s exciting to have the opportunity to combine my love for gaming with my career as a NASCAR driver. I know we’ll be competitive each week with the GameStop Toyota, and I’m confident we’ll be able to get us a win, or a few, this season.”
The 2015 season will mark the second season that Jones has competed in the XFINITY Series with Joe Gibbs Racing. The Byron, Mich.-native wheeled the No. 20 Toyota in three races in 2014, and represented GameStop at Phoenix International Raceway in November where he started third and locked in a sixth-place finish. Jones’ three XFINITY starts in 2014 earned him an average start of 4.3 and average finish of 7.0.
“We welcome the opportunity to have Erik driving for us this season,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising for GameStop. “We’ve never shied away from talented young drivers like Erik. He has a winning track record in the truck series, and we believe he will continue his trips to Victory Lane in our car this year. We also think Erik will be a great brand ambassador for us, because he clearly represents our core customer. He is an avid gamer and has been a GameStop shopper for quite a while.”
“We’re thrilled to have Erik Jones back in the No. 20 Camry this season in the XFINITY Series,” said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. “Erik is a great addition to our program and will be a great representative of GameStop. We also have Mike Wheeler stepping up to lead the No. 20 Toyota team as crew chief. It will be exciting to watch those two together as they run up front and contend for wins each time Erik is in the No. 20 Camry.”
Mike Wheeler assumes the role of crew chief for the No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry team this year, his first season as crew chief. Wheeler has been with JGR since December 2002 and served as the race engineer on the No. 11 Cup team since the team’s formation in 2005.
2015 GameStop NASCAR SCHEDULE
February 21: Daytona International Speedway
March 21: Auto Club Speedway
April 10: Texas Motor Speedway
April 18: Bristol Motor Speedway
May 23: Charlotte Motor Speedway
September 11: Richmond International Raceway
October 9: Charlotte Motor Speedway
November 7: Texas Motor Speedway
November 14: Phoenix International Raceway
November 21: Homestead-Miami Speedway
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and Sport Clips Haircuts announced the race and driver lineup for the 2015 season today after signing a multi-year contract extension. Sport Clips will increase their sponsorship in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and continue to have a presence in the newly named XFINITY Series.
Denny Hamlin will remain a key driver for Sport Clips, piloting the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry for two Sprint Cup Series races during the 2015 season at Auto Club Speedway on March 22 and under the lights at Darlington Raceway on September 6. In addition, Hamlin will return to the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the Sport Clips-sponsored Help A Hero 200 night race at Darlington Raceway on September 5. In its fourth year to partner with Darlington, the national haircut franchise will use the race to increase awareness and support for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” program which provides scholarships to active-duty military and veterans who are pursuing a college degree or vocational certification. To date, Sport Clips and the VFW have granted more than $866,000 in scholarships since beginning the program in 2013.
New to the Sport Clips program for the 2015 season will be veteran driver Carl Edwards. Entering his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing, Edwards will carry the Sport Clips banner for two Sprint Cup Series races this season starting with the July 19 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and again for the November 8 race at Texas Motor Speedway.
“When Denny began driving for Sport Clips, we had a few more than 700 locations open at the time, and we now have more than 1,300 locations in the U.S. and Canada – a milestone we were proud to reach at the end of 2014. We are pleased to have Denny, and now Carl, along for the ride in 2015!” said Gordon Logan, founder and CEO of Sport Clips. “Joe Gibbs Racing and its drivers have been excellent ambassadors for our brand over the years. We look forward to having an exciting and successful race season!”
The 2015 season will mark the seventh season that Sport Clips has been a part of the Joe Gibbs Racing family of partners.
2015 NASCAR SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series
March 22: Auto Club Speedway – Denny Hamlin
July 19: New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Carl Edwards
September 6: Darlington Raceway – Denny Hamlin
November 8: Texas Motor Speedway – Carl Edwards
September 5: Darlington Raceway – Denny Hamlin
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 11, 2014) – Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) had successful surgery on his left foot this morning. Busch is expected to make a full recovery in time for the start of the
2015 NASCAR season in February.
The scheduled offseason surgery was performed to relieve a recurring source of inflammation in his left foot. The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson of OrthoCarolina.