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Daniel Suarez to Make NASCAR Nationwide Series Debut With Joe Gibbs Racing

Will Drive No. 20 Silent Circle/Telcel Toyota at Richmond International Raceway on April 25

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Daniel Suarez will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, April 25 in the No. 20 Silent Circle/Telcel Toyota.

Suarez is a part of the NASCAR Drive 4 Diversity program, as well as an alumnus of the NASCAR Next program. He is currently running a full season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for Revolution Racing and the NASCAR Toyota Series in Mexico. He opened this season with wins at New Smyrna Speedway (FL.) and Daytona International Speedway in February, and is currently second in points following the first four races of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Series East season. He also has two wins in the first three races of the 2014 NASCAR Toyota Series season and currently leads the point standings.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to make my NASCAR Nationwide Series debut,” said Suarez. “I want to thank Telcel and Silent Circle for believing in me and making this a reality. I can’t wait for Friday night in Richmond.”

Suarez made his K&N Pro Series debut in 2011 competing in seven of 12 races while also competing full time in the NASCAR Toyota Series. He returned to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East to run nine of 12 races in 2012. His first East Series’ win came last season at Columbus Motor Speedway (Columbus, Ohio) and he went on to finish the 2013 season with six top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 14 races to earn third place in the final point standings.

While making his mark on the NASCAR K&N East Series, Suarez continued to run full time in the NASCAR Toyota Series in Mexico after earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2010 with one top-five and four to-10 finishes. During the 2011 season, Suarez earned seven top-10 finishes to secure ninth place in the final point standings. He finished the 2012 season third in points with two wins and topped his success the next season finishing second in the final point standings with three wins.

On the heels of his success, Suarez was named one of the NASCAR drivers ‘25 and under’ to watch in 2013 by Foxsports.com.

“Daniel is certainly someone that has proven to have a lot of talent and we are thrilled this was able to come together and allow him to make his debut at Richmond,” said J.D. Gibbs. “I think it’s exciting when you look at the young talent our sport has right now and we certainly feel that Daniel is going to be part of the future for NASCAR.”

It will be a busy weekend for Suarez who will pull double duty at Richmond International Raceway competing in the K&N Pro Series East race immediately following the Nationwide Series race on Friday night. He will then drive back to Charlotte to board a plane to Monterrey, Mexico to compete in the NASCAR Toyota Series, hoping to make practice on Saturday afternoon before competing in the race on Sunday afternoon.

Denny Hamlin Receives Medical Clearance to Race in Martinsville

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin will race this weekend at Martinsville Speedway after NASCAR received official confirmation from his doctors that he has been medically cleared to return to regular racing activities.

Hamlin first visited the infield care center at Auto Club Speedway Saturday night bothered with an irritation in his eye. He returned to the infield care center again on Sunday morning because his condition had worsened. It was at this time that it was determined by the medical team onsite that he would not be allowed to race due to a sinus infection that was impacting his vision. The doctors at the infield care center referred him to the local hospital for further evaluation.

During the evaluation at the hospital a small piece of metal was also found to be in Hamlin’s eye. Doctors were able to remove the sliver of metal and Hamlin felt immediate improvement to his condition. A CT Scan did not find any other complications and thus it is believed that the metal was actually the source of Hamlin’s vision issues. He was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon and was given the doctor’s approval to fly home.

Hamlin was then evaluated by a doctor in the Charlotte area on Monday and was sent home to rest. He was instructed to return Wednesday for a follow-up examination. Following today’s examination, his doctors provided the necessary approval for Hamlin to resume all racing activity without restriction. NASCAR has received official confirmation from his doctors clearing him to resume racing this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

Cody Coughlin Joins JGR’s Driver Development Program

Will Drive No. 55 JEGS Toyota for Venturini Motorsports in ARCA Series

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that it has signed Cody Coughlin to its driver development program.

The Coughlin family is well known for their achievements in drag racing, with Team JEGS having collected a number of NHRA titles and championships. Cody Coughlin is the first in the family to make his mark in circle track racing however, and is now set for the next step in what has already been an impressive career. Coughlin captured the JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour Championship in 2013 and in 2011 he earned Howie Lettow Rookie of the Year honors.

Coughlin will work closely with JGR on all aspects of racing including competition as well as marketing and public relations. In addition to returning to drive in the JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour, Coughlin will drive a 12-race schedule for Venturini Motorsports under the supervision of JGR beginning March 22 at Mobile International Speedway.

“This is such an exciting day for me and my family,” said Coughlin. “My family and everyone at JEGS have always had such a tremendous passion for racing and it’s my hope to extend my family’s success in drag racing to the circle tracks. It’s hard to imagine finding a better organization to work with than Joe Gibbs Racing. They have a tremendous history of working with young drivers and giving them the best opportunity to be successful both on and off the track.”

Coughlin dabbled in drag racing when he was younger, but fell in love with NASCAR as a young child and made the decision to focus on circle track racing. In addition to the support of his father, John, as well as his mother Di and sister Kennedi, Cody has the support of all the associates at JEGS.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Cody,” said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. “We are always interested in working with young talent and the future stars of our sport and Cody has certainly proven himself at each level of competition he has entered into. We are fortunate to have a great relationship with the Venturini’s and we think racing with them in the ARCA Series is a great next step in his development.”

Coughlin’s 2014 ARCA schedule with the No. 55 JEGS Toyota will be as follows:


Date Race
March 22 Mobile International Speedway
April 27 Salem Speedway
May 18 Toledo Speedway
June 7 Pocono Raceway
June 13 Michigan International Speedway
July 6 Winchester Speedway
July 19 Chicagoland Speedway
July 25 Lucas Oil Raceway
August 1 Pocono Raceway
September 13 Salem Speedway
September 19 Kentucky Speedway
October 3 Kansas Speedway


“It’s an honor to be working with the JEGS brand and Cody Coughlin,” said Billy Venturini, general manager of Venturini Motorsports. “They’re a family with a rich tradition in racing; something we also pride ourselves on at Venturini Motorsports. And we are very proud that Joe Gibbs Racing has such faith in our team to let us work with them in developing one of their up and coming driver prospects.”

Joe Gibbs Racing Announces Changes to Management Structure

Dave Alpern Named Chief Marketing Officer, Todd Meredith Promoted To Chief Operating Officer

Joe Gibbs Racing announced a re-organization to its management structure.

Longtime JGR executives Dave Alpern and Todd Meredith have been named Chief Marketing officer and Chief Operations Officer, respectively. Both have over 20 years of experience in the sport and have been invaluable assets to J.D. and Joe Gibbs since the team’s inception.

In the front office, Alpern will oversee the team’s three primary business units: Sponsorship, Communications and Marketing. Meredith will manage all departments involved in the racing operation.

“This is something that we believe will make us more efficient in all aspects of our organization,” said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. “Over the years we have grown from 18 employees to nearly 450 today, so it’s important to review our structure and make sure we are operating in an efficient manner that best serves our partners. Todd (Meredith) and Dave (Alpern) have been with us from the beginning of our organization and have had a tremendous impact on our growth over the past 20 years. Their leadership will help guide JGR for years to come.”
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