NASCAR fans tuned in to watch the final race of the 2022 racing season at Phoenix Raceway and to learn who the new champion would be and heard the news that just hours after seeing his son Ty win the Xfinity Series race on Saturday, Coy Gibbs died in his sleep at the age of 49.

Coy followed in the footsteps of his father Hall of Fame Coach Joe Gibbs first on the football gridiron and then to the racing paddock where he held the position of vice chairman and chief operating officer for Joe Gibbs Racing.

He played football in college at Stanford University where he was a linebacker.  As a child, he was the ball boy for the then Washington Redskins while his father coached the team.

Prior to joining the office staff and administration, Coy drove in the Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series for JGR.  He made a total of 58 Truck Series and 39 Xfinity Series starts.

Predeceased by his brother J.D. who died in 2019 at the age of 49 as the result of a degenerative neurologic disease, survivors include his father Coach Joe Gibbs, wife Heather, and children including son Ty who has followed in the family business as a race car driver.

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