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Carl Edwards To Join Joe Gibbs Racing In 2015

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Tuesday, August 19 2014

Carl Edwards will make Joe Gibbs Racing a four-team operation. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

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Months of speculation ended Tuesday when it was announced that Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards will join Joe Gibbs Racing beginning with the 2015 season.

Edwards, who has been with Roush Fenway Racing since breaking into NASCAR, will drive the No. 19 Toyota for JGR.

Edwards’ arrival at JGR will make the team a four-car operation as he will join current Cup drivers Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth.

“This is one of the biggest days in Joe Gibbs Racing’s history,” said Joe Gibbs, founder and owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “To be able to bring a driver the caliber of Carl Edwards on board to launch our fourth team is just a thrill.

A native of Columbia, Mo., Edwards is currently eighth in the Cup point standings with two wins, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes thus far this season. Over the course of his 11-year career, he has won a total of 23 races with 106 top-five and 182 top-10 finishes.

In addition to his 23 Sprint Cup Series wins, he has also compiled 38 wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and won the championship in 2007. His highest finish in the Sprint Cup Series season was in 2011 when he was runner-up to Tony Stewart based on a tiebreaker.

To sign on as a teammate to Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin also was appealing to Edwards.

“Being able to be teammates with those guys is exciting,” Edwards said. “I’ve been teammates with a lot of great drivers, and I know how important that is. … It just felt like it was time to change, and it’s something I’m extremely excited about.

“For me personally, one of the biggest reasons I started racing is because of how much fun it was, and all the pressure, learning new things, the adventure of it, and for me … I woke up this morning, and I’m excited to be a part of it. I figured if an opportunity like that comes along in your life, I didn’t want to ever look back and say, ‘Boy, I wish I’d done that.’ It just felt right to me.”

JGR also announced that Daniel Suarez, who is currently competing full time for Escuderia TELMEX in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series, will drive a Nationwide Series car for the team full-time next season.

“Having the opportunity to run full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Joe Gibbs Racing is like a dream come true,” said Suarez. “Everyone knows how successful they have been in the Nationwide Series and I can’t thank ARRIS enough for supporting me next season. It’s also exciting to be part of this initiative with Carlos because I know his passion for racing and his desire to provide opportunities to others like me.”

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Tuesday, August 19 2014
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