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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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Reser’s Fine Foods and GameStop Return to Sponsor Matt Kenseth in 2014 Nationwide Series

Reser’s Fine Foods Increases Sponsorship to Seven Races; GameStop Returns for Seventh Season with 10 Races

Joe Gibbs Racing announces today that Reser’s Fine Foods and GameStop will return in 2014 to sponsor Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota NASCAR Nationwide Series Toyota.

Reser’s Fine Foods will appear on JGR’s No. 20 Toyota seven times during the 2014 season starting with the season opening race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 22. Meanwhile, GameStop will return for their seventh season with JGR in the Nationwide Series with 10 races that start in Las Vegas on March 8 and conclude with the season finale at Homestead on November 15.

Last season Kenseth returned to drive in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the first time since a single race in the 2011 season. Kenseth made 16 total starts in 2013 and recorded two wins, seven top-five and 14 top-ten finishes. He gave each of his sponsors a trip to victory lane, winning the July Daytona race with GameStop and giving Reser’s Fine Foods its first ever win in October at Kansas.

“It’s exciting to have GameStop and Reser’s Fine Foods back on board with us this season,” said Kenseth. “They are tremendous partners and I am looking forward to working with Kevin (crew chief Kevin Kidd). Hopefully we can provide a few celebrations for each of them in victory lane this season.”

The No. 20 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota will appear in seven races in 2014 beginning with the season opener in Daytona on February 22. The seven race schedule for Reser’s Fine Foods is as follows:

DATE RACE
February 22 Daytona
March 1 Phoenix
May 24 Charlotte
June 27 Kentucky
July 26 Indianapolis
August 9 Watkins Glen
October 4 Kansas

“We applaud the determination and winning drive Matt and JGR displayed last year,” said Mark Reser, president and CEO of Reser’s Fine Foods. “Sponsoring this championship caliber team helps us increase the visibility of our brands and reach new customers in key markets across the country. It’s a win-win partnership.”

Meanwhile the No. 20 GameStop Toyota will appear in 10 races in 2014 beginning in Las Vegas. The complete schedule for GameStop is as follows:

DATE RACE
March 8 Las Vegas
March 15 Bristol
March 22 California
April 4 Texas
April 11 Darlington
May 31 Dover
September 5 Richmond
October 10 Charlotte
November 1 Texas
November 15 Homestead-Miami

“Our GameStop team is thrilled to have Matt back as our driver and for him to be wheeling the No. 20 Toyota again for us,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising for GameStop. “I’ve been a fan of NASCAR for more than 20 years, and the excitement surrounding Matt has never been higher. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that he is also a huge gamer. I hear he tells people gaming is his ‘homework’ since GameStop is his sponsor. Not only is Matt great for NASCAR, he’s great for GameStop. We look forward to a very successful year with the No. 20 team.”

Sam Hornish, Jr. to Drive No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota for Seven NNS Races in 2014

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that it has signed driver Sam Hornish, Jr. to drive the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota in seven NASCAR Nationwide Series races in 2014.

“I’m excited about driving the No. 54 Monster Energy car this year. It’s a great opportunity for me,” said Hornish. “It’s the best possible situation for me to jump into great equipment and have the opportunity to go right out and win. After working with Penske for 10 years and now to have the opportunity to partner with Joe Gibbs Racing, I couldn’t have asked for anything better. These are great people, top notch. To partner with Kyle, and all this team provides, with the support of Joe and J.D., it provides me with everything I need to succeed. It’s also a phenomenal opportunity for me to partner with a market leader such as Monster Energy. The brand identity and fan following that goes along with this sponsor is super. I can’t wait to get into that car!”

The No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota will run a full season schedule for JGR with crew chief Adam Stevens returning to call the shots from atop the pit box. Kyle Busch will return to pilot the Camry in 26 races, while Hornish will fill the driver’s seat in the remaining seven races.
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