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JGR Development Driver Coughlin Paving a New Way at Daytona

19-Year-Old to Be the First Coughlin to Race at World Center of Racing

For drivers in drag racing it’s Pomona, California. For many open wheel competitors it’s Indianapolis, Indiana. In stock car racing, it’s Daytona. The “it” in those places refers a place that everyone desires to be and when you make it there, you’ve accomplished something than many often do not.

Cody Coughlin is paving a new avenue for the family of racers. The 19-year-old has shed the drag racing lure and will now be the first Coughlin to compete at Daytona Int’l Speedway. The Joe Gibbs Racing development driver will challenge his competitors in the ARCA Racing Series event at “World Center of Racing,” the Lucas Oil 200 on Saturday, February 14th.

“It’s special to me because this is the pinnacle of the career I have chosen and I am very excited to take my next step,” said Coughlin. “I expect and hope to be fast and competitive there and everywhere else we race at this year. Dave (Leiner, Crew Chief) and Kevin (Hamlin) agree that we should be able to reach great heights.”

The Daytona race will mark the start of his second season competing in the ARCA Racing Series for Venturini Motorsports. Last year, Coughlin made 11 starts with three top-five and eight top-ten finishes.

The driver from Delaware, Ohio was able to take his first laps around Daytona this past December during a two-day test session. He was on top or near the top of the speed charts in all individual sessions.

One of the goals during the December test was for Coughlin to get some seat time in the draft around Daytona. This race is not decided solely on horsepower, but also a chess match where strategy could come into play towards the finish.

“We are going down there open-minded and see how the flow of things are and come up with our strategy,” Coughlin explained. “We used a basic strategy during our test session and I was able to catch on to it real quick.”

A victory at Daytona would be a great start for the 2015 season and that is their focus heading down for the season opener.

“We are going down there to win and it’s hard to justify anything else; that is why we race,” Coughlin said. “We have to look at our situation for each weekend; how the car runs and assess how we performed for our situations. But, the most important thing is winning and we are going to try and get us some this year. I know we can.”

Coughlin comes in to the 2015 season with great support from his Team JEGS crew that includes Team Manager Kevin Hamlin, Spotter Scott Wimmer, Super Late Model Crew Chief Nick Easton and crew member Dave Holt. Dave Leiner will lead the Venturini Motorsports crew for his ARCA Racing Series events this year.

He also continues to receive great support from his family that includes his parents, John & Di and his sister, Kennedi.

Along with his passion for racing, he is more passionate about his faith in God.

“My parents raised me in a faithful environment and I definitely realize the blessings that God has given to all of us. He has led us down a great path and our faith continues to be rewarded with unique opportunities like we all will experience at Daytona.”

Coughlin will be on track at Daytona starting on Thursday, February 12th with practice from 4:00 -6:00pm. Final practice is scheduled for Friday, February 13th from 9:30 -10:30am. Qualifying is scheduled for 3:30pm.

On Saturday, February 14th, fans will have an opportunity to meet Cody during the ARCA Racing All Access/Open Garage for Fans from 12:30pm until 2:00pm.

The green flag for the Lucas Oil 200 is scheduled to wave at 4:15pm on Saturday afternoon.

GameStop Continues Partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing for 2015 Season

Erik Jones Takes Over Driving Duties for GameStop for 10 Races in the No. 20 Toyota Camry

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
XFINITY Series
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

Sport Clips Haircuts Expands Partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing for 2015 Season

Carl Edwards joins Denny Hamlin to Share Driving Duties of the Sport Clips Toyota Camry’s

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

XFINITY Series
September 5: Darlington Raceway – Denny Hamlin

Kyle Busch Undergoes Scheduled Off-Season Foot Surgery

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.