Fast facts on Joe Gibbs Racing announcement
August 19, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
On Tuesday, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Carl Edwards and Daniel Suarez would join the organization in 2015 to compete full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series, respectively.
ARRIS Group, Inc. will sponsor Edwards in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with JGR expanding its operations to include a fourth team. ARRIS also will support Suarez in a multi-year program, starting in 2015 in the Nationwide Series, as well as a partial schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
JGR also launched a diversity initiative with Escuderia TELMEX and support from ARRIS to provide developmental opportunities to deserving Mexican and Latin American candidates in the NASCAR Toyota Series in Mexico and other racing series under the JGR umbrella.
Learn more about the drivers, what they will drive and the people and sponsors behind the new partnership with JGR.
Who is Carl Edwards?
A Missouri native, Edwards is currently eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings with two wins, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes this season. Over the course of his 11-year career, he has won 23 races with 106 top-five and 182 top-10 finishes. In addition to his 23 Sprint Cup Series wins, Edwards has 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.
What number will Carl Edwards drive?
No. 19 Toyota Camry, sponsored for 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races by ARRIS Group, Inc.
What about the remaining 19 races?
Joe Gibbs said, "That announcement will be coming out a little bit later. We'll be announcing some things to fill out the car, but most of that is already done."
What is ARRIS Group, Inc?
ARRIS is a global innovator in IP, video and broadband technology. The company has notched several technology firsts: wireless broadband gateway; set-top with HD and DVR; headless, whole-home video gateway; wide scale CMTS deployment; MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 digital ad insertion. It has been recognized with 15 Technical Emmy Awards.
Who is Daniel Suarez?
Suarez is currently competing full time for Escuderia TELMEX in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series, where he leads that series, and competes in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Rev Racing Team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He has four wins and six top-five finishes in 10 starts in the NASCAR Toyota Series and has added two wins, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes this season in 12 K&N Pro Series starts. Suarez made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut with JGR earlier this season at Richmond International Raceway with a 19th-place finish, and he was a member of the inaugural NASCAR Next class.
What number will Daniel Suarez drive?
No. 18 Toyota Camry.
How does the Suarez announcement impact the other JGR Nationwide Series teams?
"Right now a lot of that is still in the process of being worked out and worked through," Joe Gibbs said. "We're working hard on it, and we love that series. We run as many as four cars. That's a possibility for us. We're working through all those things right now."
What is Escuderia TELMEX?
Per the escuderiatelmex.com: From its beginning in 2002 Escuderia Telmex has characterized itself by having the best Mexican drivers racing in every track taking Mexico's and Telmex's name always on the top. Those drivers include NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver and former NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series champion German Quiroga, NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series drivers Daniel Suarez and Jose Luis Ramirez and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship driver Memo Rojas.
What is TELMEX?
TELMEX is the leading telecommunications company in Mexico. Founded in 1947, its chairman, Carlos Slim, was ranked by Forbes magazine as the richest man in the world from 2010-2013. His son, Carlos Slim Domit is the chairman of the board for Grupo Carso and co-founder of Escuderia TELMEX along with Jimmy Morales. Carlos Slim Domit said sponsorship of JGR would be in addition to the TELMEX sponsorship of its TUDOR United SportsCar Championship entry with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.