Fast Facts: Joe Gibbs Racing

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Joe Gibbs Racing is owned by famed football coach Joe Gibbs. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of its founding in 1991 this season, JGR fields three teams, racing Toyota Camrys, in the Sprint Cup Series: #18 Kyle Busch, #11 Denny Hamlin, and #20 Joey Logano. JGR also fields three teams in the Nationwide Series, with full-time driver Brian Scott in the #11 and other drivers – including Busch, Hamlin, and Logano – in the #18 and #20.

  • Busch, younger brother of 2004 Cup champ Kurt, has piloted the #18 M&Ms/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for JGR since 2008. Busch got his start racing at age 13 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway “Bullring” in Legends cars.

  • Hamlin, the runner-up to Jimmie Johnson for the 2010 Sprint Cup, pilots the #11 FedEx Toyota Camry for JGR. He took over the ride late in the 2005 season, and in 2006 he was the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year in the Cup Series.

  • Logano, nicknamed “Sliced Bread” (as in the “Best thing since…”) by veteran driver Randy Lajoie, took over the #20 Home Depot Toyota Camry from two-time champ Tony Stewart in 2009. Logano got his start racing quarter-midgets in the northeast at age 7, and progressed through Bandoleros, Legends, and Late Models. Logano was the 2009 Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year.

  • Scott, in his first season with JGR in the Nationwide Series, drives the #11 Shore Lodge Toyota Camry. He started dirt track racing at age 12, and ran in the Camping World Truck Series from 2007 to 2009; in 2010, he moved to the Nationwide Series full time.

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