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Joe Gibbs Racing

March 01, 2016,

Joe Gibbs Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing history, full crews of Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch

Manufacturer: Toyota
Engine manufacturer: TRD
Debut season: 1992
Owner standings

Joe Gibbs Racing was launched in 1991 by former NFL head coach Joe Gibbs. As Gibbs looked to move from coaching to a new chapter in his career, his friend Don Meredith was looking for opportunities to race in NASCAR, and the team was born with its first season of premier series competition coming in 1992.

In 1993, driver Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500 for JGR's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. Bobby Labonte took to the drivers seat, replacing Jarrett, in 1995. Since then, the team has claimed four championships in the series: in 2000 with Bobby Labonte, 2002 and 2005 with Tony Stewart, who became the team's second driver in 1999, and most recently with Kyle Busch in 2015.

The team expanded to a third full-time car in 2006 with J.J. Yeley behind the wheel. 2012 brought Joe Gibbs Racing its 100th Cup win, when Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In 2015, JGR expanded to a fourth full-time car with Carl Edwards behind the wheel of the No. 19 Toyota.

JGR is based in Huntersville, NC, with over 450 employees in a facility of 250,000 square feet. Visit the team's web site here.

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Driver: Denny Hamlin
Car Number: #11
Hometown: Chesterfield, VA
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Rookie Year: 2006

Primary team members:
Crew Chief: Mike Wheeler | Hometown: Southold, NY
Car Chief: Leo Thorsen | Hometown: Stoughton, WI
Spotter: Chris Lambert | Hometown: Kannapolis, NC

Over-the-wall crew:
Gasman: Caleb Hurd | Hometown: Pulaski, VA
Front Tire Changer: Dustin Necaise | Hometown: Gulfport, MS
Front Tire Carrier: Brandon Pegram | Hometown: Statesville, NC
Jackman: Nate Bolling | Hometown: Swanton, OH
Rear Tire Changer: Mike Hicks | Hometown: Salisbury, NC
Rear Tire Carrier: Heath Cherry | Hometown: Belmont, NC
Pit Crew Coordinator: Paul Alepa | Hometown: Vienna, VA
JGR Athletic Director: Mike Lepp | Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Road crew members:
Truck Drivers: Frank Hodel | Hometown: High Bridge, NJ, David Ott | Hometown: St. Mary's, PA
Tire Specialist: Kerry Ferris | Hometown: Perry, NY
Shock Specialist: Drew Bible | Hometown: Coldwater, MI
Engineer: Matt Beckman | Hometown: Glenview, IL
Engineer: Sam McAuley | Hometown: Huntersville, NC
Mechanic: Troy Welty | Hometown: Manchester, PA
Mechanic: John Furino | Hometown: East Meadow, NY
Interior Mechanic: Sean Kerlin | Hometown: Marysville, PA

Driver: Kyle Busch
Car Number: #18
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Rookie Year: 2005

Primary team members:
Crew Chief: Adam Stevens | Hometown: Portsmouth, OH
Car Chief: Nate Bellows | Hometown: Fairfax, VT
Engine Specialist: Mike Johnson | Hometown: Bozeman, MT
Spotter: Tony Hirschman | Hometown: Northhampton, PA

Over-the-wall crew:
Gasman: Tom Lampe | Hometown: Beatrice, NE
Pit Support: Marcus Bonicelli | Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Pit Support: Jeff Koons | Hometown: Greenfield, IN
Front Tire Changer: Josh Leslie | Hometown: Mount Clemens, MI
Front Tire Carrier: Brad Donaghy | Hometown: Orange County, VA
Jackman: T.J. Ford | Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Rear Tire Changer: Jake Seminara | Hometown: Steubenville, OH
Rear Tire Carrier: Kenny Barber | Hometown: Hoosick Falls, NY

Road crew members:
Truck Drivers: Brendan “Slim” Greene | Hometown: Midland, NC, Jamie “Montana” Price | Hometown: Choteau, MT
Tire Specialist: Gregory Katzke | Hometown: Wausau, WI
Shock Specialist: Chris Chase | Hometown: Nichols, NY
Engineer: Ben Beshore | Hometown: York, PA
Engineer: Gene Watchtel | Hometown: Clearwater, FL
Front End Mechanic: Brandon Griffeth | Hometown: Pittsfield, IL
Rear End Mechanic: Chris Jones | Hometown: Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Mechanic: Todd Foster | Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Interior Mechanic: Wesley Lape | Hometown: Sinking Spring, PA

Driver: Carl Edwards
Car Number: #19
Hometown: Columbia, MO
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Primary team members:
Crew Chief: Dave Rogers | Hometown: Marshfield, VT
Car Chief: Eric Phillips | Hometown: Canton, IL
Engine Specialist: James Dudley | Hometown: Porterville, CA
Spotter: Jason Hedlesky | Hometown: Clinton, MI

Over-the-wall crew:
Gasman: Kenneth Purcell | Hometown: Savannah, GA
Windshield: Zack Miller | Hometown: Vista, CA
Front Tire Changer: Clay Robinson | Hometown: Simi Valley, CA
Front Tire Carrier: Kevin Harris | Hometown: Sanford, FL
Jackman: Trey Burklin | Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Rear Tire Changer: Matt Ver Meer | Hometown: Montezuma, IA
Rear Tire Carrier: Kip Wolfmeir | Hometown: Kingdom City, MO

Road crew members:
Truck Driver: Kyle Bazzell | Hometown: Fairbury, IL
Truck Driver: Bob Hannigan | Hometown: High Bridge, NJ
Tire Specialist: Jamie Turski | Hometown: Trumbull, CT
Shock Specialist: Ron Denton | Hometown: Bristol, VA
Engineer: Lee Hallman | Hometown: Claremont, NC
Engineer: Kenny Oates | Hometown: Miami, FL
Mechanic: Matt Tyrrell | Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Fuel Runner: Ben Surface | Hometown: Pulaski, VA

Driver: Matt Kenseth
Car Number: #20
Hometown: Cambridge, WI
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Rookie Year: 2000

Primary team members:
Crew Chief: Jason Ratcliff | Hometown: Sumter, SC
Car Chief: Jeff Meendering | Hometown: Concord, NC
Engine Specialist: Gregg Wilson | Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Spotter: Chris Osborne | Hometown: High Point, NC

Over-the-wall crew:
Gasman: John Eicher | Hometown: London, KY
Front Tire Changer: John Royer | Hometown: Otis, KS
Front Tire Carrier: Joe Crossen | Hometown: Salisbury, NC
Jackman: Jason Tate | Hometown: Statesville, NC
Rear Tire Changer: Adam Hartman | Hometown: Oxford, NC
Rear Tire Carrier: Blake Haugland | Hometown: My. Ayr, IA

Road crew members:
Truck Driver: Dennis Valverde | Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Truck Driver: Tom McCrimmon | Hometown: Mount Pleasant, NC
Tire Specialist: Jerold Shires | Hometown: Waiteville, WV
Shock Specialist: Scott Myers | Hometown: Modesto, CA
Engineer: Michael Lorusso | Hometown: Asburn, VA
Engineer: Levi Porter | Hometown: Wyben, MA
Mechanic: Alan Buzze | Hometown: Onondoga, NY
Mechanic: Jason Overstreet | Hometown: Clearwater, FL