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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
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
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
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.
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today crew chief assignments for each of its four 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and three NASCAR XFINITY Series teams.
JGR’s 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crew Chief lineup:
Jason Ratcliff, No 20 Toyota driven by Matt Kenseth
Dave Rogers, No. 11 Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin
Darian Grubb, No. 19 Toyota driven by Carl Edwards
Adam Stevens, No. 18 Toyota driven by Kyle Busch
JGR’s 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series Crew Chief lineup:
Eric Phillips, No. 18 Toyota driven by Daniel Suarez
Chris Gayle, No. 54 Toyota driven by multiple drivers
Mike Wheeler, No. 20 Toyota driven by multiple drivers
“With the expansion of our NASCAR Sprint Cup Series operations to four teams next year with the addition of Carl Edwards, we have been able to take a step back and evaluate each of our teams and make decisions that we feel are best for our organization long term,” said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing.
“Like Jason and Dave previously, Adam (Stevens) has clearly proven that he is ready to move into the Cup Series and we feel that his familiarity with Kyle (Busch) provides the opportunity for us to make that move now. We think pairing Dave (Rogers) with Denny (Hamlin) and Darian (Grubb) with Carl (Edwards) will also make each team stronger heading into next season. Jason (Ratcliff) and Matt (Kenseth) came together quickly and we felt it was in the best interest of the 20 team to keep it as is.
Stevens joins the Sprint Cup Series after spending the previous four seasons as a crew chief in JGR’s NASCAR Nationwide Series. Over that time, Stevens has been a part of 31 wins, 73 top-five and 95 top-ten finishes in 124 starts.
“The XFINITY Series has been very important to us at Joe Gibbs Racing. Not only from a driver development standpoint, but also in the development of crew chiefs and other team members that eventually make their way into our Cup programs. Mike Wheeler has been a vital part of our success with Denny on the Cup side and we’re excited that he will have a chance to be a crew chief. It is a similar transition to the one we made with Chris Gayle a couple of years ago, and Chris will remain with us, but move over to the 54 Toyota with Kyle. We’re also excited to have Eric Phillips join our operations from KBM to work with Daniel Suarez next season.”
Mike Wheeler has been with JGR since December 2002 and served as the race engineer on the No. 11 Cup team since that team’s formation in 2005. He will now serve as crew chief on the No. 20 XFINITY team which will run a full season with multiple drivers. Gayle, who has served as the crew chief on JGR’s No. 11 Nationwide Series team the previous two seasons and was an engineer on JGR’s No. 18 Sprint Cup Series team prior to that, will now lead the organization’s No. 54 XFINITY Series team. Eric Phillips joins JGR from Kyle Busch Motorsports where he served as crew chief for the NASCAR Camping World Series Owner’s Championship No. 51 Tundra team. Phillips, who joined KBM in 2010, will work with Daniel Suarez on the No. 18 XFINITY Series team in 2015.
XFINITY Series Crew Chiefs for 2015