It was a wild night of racing at Richmond International Raceway with several teams battling in their final chance to earn a spot in The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. When the Wonderful Pistachios 400 was over it was Denny Hamlin who had secured his place in NASCAR’s 10-race playoff with a ninth-place finish. Kyle Busch, who entered the night already secure in his place in the Chase, finished the night in the sixth position, while an engine failure left Joey Logano in 35th.
Denny Hamlin led Joe Gibbs Racing with an eighth-place finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway this afternoon. Teammates Kyle Busch and Joey Logano would finish 23rd and 24th respectively on a rare Tuesday race following two days of heavy rains from Tropical Storm Lee that forced a postponement from Sunday night’s scheduled running.
[learn_more caption="What are the hours for the race shop?" state="open"]Shop viewing area is open Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm. Our gift store is open Monday-Friday from 8am to 4pm. Our address is 13415 Reese Blvd. West, Huntersville, NC 28078[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption="Can you give me information on Fan Fest? "]We do not currently have plans for a Fan Fest in 2011, though the shop is open during Charlotte race weeks. See hours above.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption="Can you arrange for me to meet my favorite driver? "]While we very much appreciate your support of our team and drivers, we cannot arrange meetings with our drivers or owners. We do not handle driver schedules, these are handled by each driver’s managment team on and individual basis. Our drivers make appearances each week in the local race market.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption="Will you send me a fan pack? "]Thanks for your support, but we do not provide free fan packs with merchandise. You can find all of our merchandise at shop.joegibbsracing.com. We would be happy to send you hero cards for our drivers if you send a self-addressed and stamped envelope (big enough to fit 8 x 10 inch (A4) cards) to: 13415 Reese Blvd West. Huntersville, NC 28078 USA Please include a note telling us which drivers you would like included: Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Matt DiBennedetto, Brad Coleman[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption="How can I obtain autographs from the JGR team? "]Joe Gibbs & Denny Hamlin Due to the back log of items, Joe Gibbs and Denny Hamlin are not accepting autograph request items at this time. You are invited to attend one of their many personal appearances and meet them in person where they will be happy to sign a photo or your merchandise. All autograph requests for Joe and Denny will be returned. Kyle Busch Please sened autograph requests to: Kyle Busch Motorsports Inc. Attn: Autograph Request, 559 Pitts School Road Concord, NC 28027 Joey Logano Joey Logano Fan Club 9911 Rose Commons Dr. Suite E-15 Huntersville, NC 28078 **Please Do Not Send Die-Cast Cars To Be Autographed. They WILL NOT be returned.** The Joey Logano Fan Club’s policy prohibits accepting any small items, including trading cards, due to the increased risk of being lost or misplaced. All other drivers and team members: Joe Gibbs Racing 13415 Reese Blvd. West Huntersville, NC 28078 Please abide by the following guidelines: Please limit your requests to a maximum of two items per year. Please include return packaging, a return address label, and adequate postage so that we may return the autographed item to you. If you would like a die-cast car autographed, please remove the car from its box and send it to us in bubble wrap or other suitable packaging. Otherwise, it will be autographed on the box it came in. We discourage your sending of any highly valuable items to be autographed. Due to the large volumes of mail we receive, items may occasionally be separated from their envelopes or packaging. On other occasions mail may not get to its intended destination. Joe Gibbs Racing cannot be held responsible for any lost, misplaced, or missing items. Thank you in advance for respecting these guidelines. Please keep in mind that due to the excessive volume of requests that are received, autograph requests can take 18 to 24 months to process.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption="When will Denny, Kyle, or Joey be appearing in my area? "]Denny, Kyle and Joey do a number of public appearances throughout the country during the season. Their showcar appearance schedules are posted on this site. For Joey, Denny and Kyle please check their personal web sites for their appearance schedule. Please do not email us asking when Denny, Kyle or Joey will be appearing in your area.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption="Can I get tickets, pit passes or access to hospitality tents through Joe Gibbs Racing? "]No. The number of pit passes obtained by each team is strictly regulated by NASCAR. We cannot obtain pit passes for fans. Ticket sales are handled by each individual track. Please contact the track that you would like to attend for ticket information. Joe Gibbs Racing cannot provide hospitality access for fans. Hospitality is one of the largest benefits of having a NASCAR sponsorship that a participating company enjoys and unfortunately not every fan can take advantage of these programs.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption="Where is your race shop located? "]The Joe Gibbs Racing facility is located at 13415 Reese Blvd. West, Huntersville, NC. Huntersville is about 15 miles north of Charlotte.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption="Can I get a tour of your race shop? "]We do not give tours per se, but our raceshop is open for viewing to the general public Mon-Fri, from 8am-5pm.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption="Can I link my homepage to JoeGibbsRacing.com? "]Yes. You may link to our site. The URL is www.joegibbsracing.com Please do not embed images from our site onto yours. All content found here is property of Joe Gibbs Racing unless otherwise noted.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption="Will you contribute to my charity?"]Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is committed to positively influencing our community. We are dedicated to supporting charities and nonprofit organizations through the donation of race used items and memorabilia. Due to the numerous donation requests received annually, we have established the following guidelines to serve as a framework for fair and impartial distribution of items. All requests must be made in writing on organizational letterhead and mailed to: Joe Gibbs Racing Attn: Community Relations Dept. 13415 Reese Blvd. West Huntersville NC 28078 Or sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org All requests should be received eight (8) weeks prior to the event date, no exceptions. All requests must also include the Charitable Contribution Request form. No requests received by fax will be accepted. All organizations that receive a donation must return the JGR Auction Record Form. The organization holding the fundraiser is responsible for returning the form to JGR upon completion of auction. Your organization will not be considered for future donations until we have received a copy of the complete Auction Record Form. All items donated are at the discretion of JGR. Submitting a donation request does not guarantee a donation. Receipt of a donation does not guarantee future support. Decorations or donations for parties, reunions or sport-themed rooms cannot be fulfilled. It is our policy that all organizations within a 25 mile radius of JGR pick up their donation during regular business hours at our Huntersville facility. In some cases, JGR might ask for payment for shipping.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption="How do I book a showcar for my event?"]Joe Gibbs Racing showcars can be booked through Redline Sports Marketing. The cost is $2400 per (6 hours) day for one car. Please contact Judy Phillips at (407) 877-7937 for more information.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption="How can I get a job with Joe Gibbs Racing?"]Joe Gibbs Racing is NOT accepting applications or resumes for any positions at this time. We do suggest that you contact the folks at www.racecityresumes.com as they have a great track record of placing professionals in the motor sports business.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption="Do you have an internship program?"]Joe Gibbs Racing does not have any internships available at this time nor do we have any information regarding possible future positions.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption="Will you sponsor me or my race team?"]Joe Gibbs Racing does not sponsor drivers or teams. We rely on our sponsors to support the activities of Joe Gibbs Racing through our partnerships with their companies and organizations. Sponsorship is at the core of racing for all of us at any level and is often more competitive than the racing itself. We suggest that you take advantage of every opportunity to learn about what companies look for in corporate spokespersons, why companies get involved in motorsports and talk to everyone that will talk to you. Often the money will go to the person or team who just won’t give up.[/learn_more]
GRIFFIN, GA (May 4, 2011) – Three races in four days along a birthday and an anniversary made last weekend one that Max Gresham will never forget.
Gresham competed in the NASCAR K&N event and the Denny Hamlin Short-Track Showdown in Richmond, VA on Thursday before heading to Salem, IN for an ARCA race Sunday. Along the way, Gresham celebrated his 18th birthday and saluted his grandparents 50th-wedding anniversary.
When asked if the whole experience had worn him out right after Sunday’s ARCA race, Gresham responded “no, I’m fine, let’s go again somewhere.”
You couldn’t blame Gresham if he was just at least a little tired.
At Richmond, Gresham spent more than eight hours in a racecar and sped on foot between garage areas throughout the day.
The results were spectacular as Gresham wheeled the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to the pole position, led nearly half the race, and finished fourth in the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event.
“We had an awesome lap to win the pole – two-tenths of a second faster than anyone else,” said Gresham. “It carried over into the race where we led a bunch and were fast over the first 60 laps. We ran in the top two the whole race until the car fell off really bad at the end. The finish definitely helped us in the points. Any top-five finish we can get is going to help us in the points at the end of the season.”
The solid effort jumped Gresham to seventh in the K&N East standings after three races – just 65 markers out of first.
The soon to be Woodward Academy high school graduate had little time to catch his breath as he immediately jumped into the No. 71 FedEx Freight/ARGO Group Toyota for the Hamlin ‘Showdown’ event. The race, which featured top NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Tony Stewart, Bill Elliott, Michael Waltrip, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Hamlin, saw Gresham rocket from his eighth starting position to swapping the lead several times with Busch, the sport’s current top star at the race’s halfway point.
Gresham saw his shot at winning the race go up in smoke when a crash not of his making while running fourth with less than 10 laps to go saddled him with a 14th-place finish.
“It was great racing Kyle for the lead,” said Gresham. “I absolutely love Richmond. You can really have fun doing the kind of side-by-side racing that Kyle and I did. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the result we wanted, but our FedEX Freight/ARGO Group Toyota was definitely the fastest car here tonight. I really have to thank Jamie Yelton and Fat Head Racing for that. I had a blast, a really amazing day. I can’t wait to come back here to Richmond and race again.”
After a half-day back in his native Georgia to regroup, Gresham flew to Indiana to make his 2011 ARCA Series debut in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway. There, Gresham drove to the front by the halfway point of the race and was running fifth with a fresh set of tires waiting for him in the Venturini Motorsports pit box when a tangle with a lapped car severely damaged his No. 25 Gresham & Associates Toyota Camry.
Undaunted, the Venturini crew repaired the car in time to get Gresham back on track for a respectable 15th-place finish.
“We had a good run going and got swept up into somebody else’s mess,” said Gresham. “We led some early in the race. These Venturini Motorsports guys put a great car under me. They set up two great race cars today – one won and the other one should have won. I can’t wait to drive one of their cars again.
“This weekend was good for me,” Gresham concluded. “It showed I could drive three different cars on three different days. Hopefully, I can one day be like Kyle (Busch) and run three different cars every weekend. I can do it physically. Maybe after this weekend, some other people will see that in me.”
Gresham will now hit the testing trail with sessions at Bowman Gray Stadium , the site of an upcoming June 4 NASCAR K&N event, and he will also get some testing in at Michigan Speedway on Wednesday, May 25. The Jackson, MI two-mile oval will be the site of Gresham’s career superspeedway debut as he will wheel the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota in the ARCA RainEater Wiper Blades 200 on June 17.
Gresham’s next K&N race will be on Saturday, May 21 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA. He and his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota are the defending champions of the event.
To see photo galleries of Max Gresham’s weekend at Richmond and Salem, please visit the Images section of www.MaxGresham.com.
Max Gresham post-race videos from Richmond and Salem can be viewed on the YouTube section of www.MaxGresham.com.
You can also follow Max Gresham on Twitter @Max Gresham and on Facebook at Max Gresham Fan Page.
Joe Gibbs Racing Headquarters One of Premier Shops in NASCAR
If you’re driving on Interstate 77 north of Charlotte, N.C., and exit onto Gilead Road (Exit 23, as the locals call it), when you head west, you’ll see a shopping center on the right and Presbyterian Hospital on the left. Just past the hospital on the left is an entrance for Huntersville Business Park. Once you turn onto Reece Boulevard and head south for bit, you’ll travel just slightly to the right on Reece Boulevard West.
Travel less than a mile, just past Julian Clark Avenue, and you’ll see nestled in a beautiful wooded area the 240,000-square-foot headquarters of Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). If you drove past it and didn’t see the sign out front, you would never know the building housed one of premier teams in NASCAR. The massive building looks like it could house a Fortune 500 company or serve as a medical complex.
And that’s exactly how Todd Meredith, vice president of operations for JGR, envisioned things in 1997 when he began scouting locations for JGR’s third and final headquarters.
“We wanted something that looked nice and was in a pleasant environment, so when we brought corporations in to talk about sponsorship, it didn’t look like an industrial park,” said Meredith, who has been with JGR since 1991. “We wanted something a little bit nicer that looked like a business park.”
But the look of the building was far from the reason to pull up stakes and move to the current shop. After spending its first three seasons in a shop on Harris Boulevard in north Charlotte, JGR built its second headquarters in Twin Lakes Business Park, also in north Charlotte, just north of Harris Boulevard, and moved there in November 1994.
“We pretty much outgrew our second shop the day we moved into it,” Meredith said. “But, once we decided to do the 20 car, we knew we had to move.”
From 1992 through 1998, JGR fielded only the No. 18 Interstate Batteries entry, first for Dale Jarrett and then for Bobby Labonte, who took over for Jarrett in 1995. With space already tight in the shop and multi-car teams becoming more and more common in NASCAR, JGR officials began the process of adding a second car while also looking for a new place to call home.
By the time Tony Stewart was announced as the driver of JGR’s second car, the No. 20 Home Depot machine, the organization was just three months away from moving to its current location in Huntersville.
And what a challenge it was.
Meredith spent months searching parcels of land that would house the new shop before settling on Huntersville – the last piece of land he looked at during the process. He was then heavily involved with the design process, along with architects from LS3P Associates Ltd. Meredith was there when Shelco Inc., which constructed the building, broke ground in late 1997, and then oversaw the move from the old shop to the new shop in December 1998.
“It’s a huge challenge and a lot of hard work,” Meredith said. “The year we moved to the current shop, I worked seven months without a day off, and then worked all day Thanksgiving day just because it was so much work to get moved in. You don’t have a lot of downtime to get ready for the next season, so you have to do it quickly.”
When employees moved in, they were greeted by a 130,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art complex which gave them all the tools – and more importantly – space to work in.
“It was a massive ‘wow’ factor,” said Jimmy Makar, vice president of racing operations for JGR and Labonte’s crew chief at the time of the move. “Even when we were building it, you couldn’t believe the size of it. Everyone was just really proud of the place that Joe had built for us. It was like buying a new home. Everyone was just proud and happy to have a place like our shop to come to everyday to go to work.”
Labonte was equally impressed.
“I thought the other shop was pretty big,” Labonte said. “Of course, there were only 18 people working there. Fortunately, I was able to be involved and I wanted to be involved. I’ll never forget looking at the plans for that shop in Todd’s office, and then we went over the woods where the shop is now. It was me, Joe (Gibbs), J.D. (Gibbs), Jimmy (Makar), Todd (Meredith) and Mac (Steve McMillan, facilities supervisor) and I remember just thinking, ‘There’s a lot of woods here.’ So, for me to have walked through the woods and see the plans from Todd and get the updates throughout the process from Todd and Mac – to then see it finished was an incredible feeling.”
In 2005, JGR added a third entity to its stable – the No. 11 FedEx team. In turn, JGR officials constructed a 110,000-square-foot addition to the shop to bring the total square-footage to 240,000.
“One of the things we did originally with the shop was design it so we could grow,” Makar said. “Nobody knew at that time how quickly the sport was going to grow and what we were going to need. The seven-post room was planned for even before we built it. The ground was going to be laid and the foundation was laid for that. The engine room was designed for expansion. The machine shop, which was originally in the engine room and something that we thought we weren’t going to outgrow, turned out to grow out of its area, so we moved that to what used to be the fabrication room. But, we had the ability and we had rooms to grow into. We have had, and still have, the ability to expand and change as we need to, and that’s what’s great about our shop.”
Even more than a decade after the shop opened, Meredith and Makar can’t believe how far JGR has come in 20 years.
“There’s no doubt about that,” Makar said. “The industry has grown leaps and bounds since the early ’90s and the shops are much more phenomenal than they were back then. To have even been able to envision a shop of this size and magnatiude, with the amount of people we have working and the technology we have within the walls – it’s something you never would’ve thought about. You never would’ve dreamed that you’d be doing the things we’re able to do at our shop.”
“It’s been quite a ride,” Meredith said. “It’s obviously slowed down in the last three years, but for the first 17 years it was just everything you could do to keep up. You couldn’t hire enough people, you couldn’t buy enough space and you couldn’t buy enough equipment. It was just all you could do to keep up. And there are days I walk around and am still amazed at how far we’ve come.”
And Meredith, like everyone at JGR, knows the gamble by Norm Miller, chairman of Interstate Batteries, to align with JGR in 1991, paved the way for the team’s success.
“Obviously, without Interstate Batteries, we wouldn’t be here today,” Meredith said. “They’ve been with us for all 20 seasons and they’re a huge part of history and our culture. Norm Miller is a huge friend to all of us. He’s not just a sponsor. It’s a deeper relationship than that. When you see Norm, you give him a hug, and he and Joe are very good friends. They’re just a huge part of our history.”