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Ahead of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Denny Hamlin unveiled a tribute to his car owner J.D. Gibbs Tuesday on Twitter.
"This is pretty special to me," Hamlin said in a video he posted on Twitter. "J.D. Gibbs is actually the car owner of the No. 11 FedEx Camry and he's the one who actually gave me my first opportunity with Joe Gibbs Racing. We went to a test at Hickory Motor Speedway, called his dad up, they signed me about 13 years ago. So I wanted to do something to honor him."
Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) February 14, 2017
Both Gibbs and Hamlin have the same initials, J.D. -- Jason Dean (J.D.) Gibbs and James Dennis Hamlin. In March of 2015, J.D. Gibbs curtailed his involvement as the then-president of Joe Gibbs Racing due to health issues as he started treatment for symptoms impacting areas of brain function. He was named co-chairman of JGR, with his father, team owner Joe Gibbs, in February of 2016.
Hamlin has spent his entire Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career with Joe Gibbs Racing. Over 12 years, he has 29 wins -- including a victory in the 2016 Daytona 500 and a runner-up finish in the 2010 standings.