Monster Energy Cup Series News (16338)
Edsel B. Ford II
Member of the Board of Directors
Ford Motor Company
"This is a difficult day for all of us at Ford Motor Company. Glen Wood was the founding patriarch of the oldest continuously operating NASCAR Cup Series team and we consider Wood Brothers Racing a part of our family, the Ford Family. The Wood Brothers race team, by any measure, has been one of the most successful racing operations in the history of NASCAR. Most importantly for our company, Glen and his family have remained loyal to Ford throughout their 69-year history.
"Glen was an innovator who, along with his family, changed the sport itself. But, more importantly, he was a true Southern gentleman who was quick with a smile and a handshake and he was a man of his word. I will cherish the memories of our chats in the NASCAR garage, at their race shop in Mooresville or the racing museum in Stuart. My most memorable moment with Glen was with he and his family in the #21 pit box watching Trevor Bayne win the 2011 Daytona 500 and the celebration that followed in victory lane."
Ford Performance Motorsports
"It's a sad day for all of us involved in the Ford racing program. Glen Wood isn't just a pioneer in the sport of NASCAR because of his team's winning legacy. His vision and determination to help take Wood Brothers Racing from a small, family effort out of Virginia to one of the most storied teams in the sport's history is an American success story. They did it with grit and innovation and hard work, and they changed the sport for the better along the way. And the fact they have never wavered from their loyalty to Ford Motor Company throughout their 69-year history means the world to all of us at Ford."
As a driver….
Formed Wood Brothers Racing in 1950, serving as the team’s first driver and competing in nothing but Ford products.
Made 62 career starts and won four times in NASCAR’s top series with all of those coming at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC. He won there three times in 1960 and once in 1963.
Attended every Daytona Speedweeks from 1947-2017 before ending that streak in 2018.
Presented with the Spirit of Ford Award in 1999, which recognizes significant contributions to racing and is the highest recognition in Ford Motorsports.
Named one of NASCAR’s all-time Greatest 50 Drivers in 1998 during NASCAR’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
Inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2002.
Inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012.
As an owner…
Won the Daytona 500 five times: Tiny Lund (1963), Cale Yarborough (1968), A.J. Foyt (1972), David Pearson (1976), Trevor Bayne (2011).
Won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series owners’ championship in 1963.
Won 99 all-time points races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The Wood Brothers have won at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in each of the last six decades, and that grows to seven decades when NASCAR-sanctioned modified, sportsmen and convertible competition is included.
Credited with revolutionizing the modern-day pit stop and used that innovation to help Jim Clark win the 1965 Indianapolis 500.
10 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees have driven at least one race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup or Gander Outdoors Truck Series with the Wood Brothers: Junior Johnson (MENCS), David Pearson (MENCS), Cale Yarborough (MENCS), Glen Wood (MENCS), Dale Jarrett (MENCS), Joe Weatherly (MENCS), Fred Lorenzen (MENCS), Bill Elliott (MENCS), Curtis Turner (MENCS), Mark Martin (GOTS).
18 different drivers have won a Cup points race with the Wood Brothers: David Pearson (43); Cale Yarborough (13); Neil Bonnett (9); Marvin Panch (8); A.J. Foyt (5); Glen Wood (4); Dan Gurney (4); Speedy Thompson (2); Kyle Petty (2); Tiny Lund (1); Curtis Turner (1); Donnie Allison (1); Buddy Baker (1); Dale Jarrett (1); Morgan Shepherd (1); Elliott Sadler (1); Trevor Bayne (1); Ryan Blaney (1).
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NASCAR has named industry veteran Jay Fabian as its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Managing Director.
A respected leader within the garage area, Fabian previously served as the managing director of technical integration at NASCAR, where he oversaw post-race technical inspection at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C. A consistent presence in all three NASCAR national series garages, Fabian’s versatile career has included roles as an over-the-wall crew member, a crew chief and, now, the managing director of NASCAR’s premier series.
“With his vast experience across the industry, Jay Fabian is uniquely suited for this position,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “Jay’s steady leadership and depth of knowledge are tremendous assets that will greatly benefit the series and all of NASCAR.”
Prior to joining NASCAR in April 2016, the Everett, Penn., native worked at Michael Waltrip Racing. During his 10-year tenure, MWR teams qualified for the NASCAR Playoffs in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
“This is a fast-paced sport that is constantly evolving, and I’m thankful for this opportunity and eager to take on the challenge,” Fabian said. “Racing has been my passion for as long as I can remember. There is growing anticipation for the 2019 season, and I’m looking forward to being a part of an outstanding team that will help build our sport.”
Fabian, with more than 25 years of motorsports experience, and NASCAR’s two other national series managing directors – Wayne Auton (NASCAR Xfinity Series) and Brad Moran (NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series) – will report directly to Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition.
MBM Motorsports is proud to announce they have signed Iowa native Joey Gase to pilot the No. 35 entry for the full 2019 NASCAR XFINITY Series season PLUS pilot the No. 66 car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series part time starting with the Daytona 500.
“I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity Carl and MBM Motorsports is giving me this year,” said Gase. “Every off season is stressful when you don’t know what your plans for the following season will be. This off season by far has been the most stressful of my career with some unforeseen things happening. One evening I was sitting in my office trying to figure out what my next move should be and then out of the blue Carl gave me a call and we talked for about two hours over the phone and now here we are. MBM Motorsports has grown and improved their program a lot over the last two years, especially the end of last season. I am very excited to be a part of that growth in 2019.”
“Having an experienced driver in Joey Gase to start our season is a huge blessing,” said MBM team owner Carl Long. “He has worked hard to bring sponsorship to MBM. Today’s driver has to be gifted in handling a car and promotions. Lucky for us Joey is one of the best in all of NASCAR at doing both. Look for us to turn heads this year!”
You will see the Eternal Fan logo and colors frequently on Gase’s No. 66 and No. 35 throughout the season. “We are extremely excited to partner with Joey Gase and MBM Motorsports for this upcoming racing season! We look forward to expanding our footprint at other great Venues, in addition to the current programs already in place at Richmond and Watkins Glen thru this partnership with Joey. Our Fan Memories program will allow Fans to create their own personal legacy at the places they love. This should be a fun ride for 2019 and beyond,” said Eternal Fan President Matt Linn.
“I can’t thank the great people at Eternal Fan and Matt Linn enough for taking their sponsorship and their Fan Memories program to the next level this year,” said Gase. “It is so cool to see the opportunities Eternal Fan is giving NASCAR fans with their Fan Memories program through the different NASCAR tracks and watching that grow. It is also very cool that Eternal Fan is now even taking the Fan Memories program to our car and giving NASCAR fans the chance to either have their own name or photo or one of their loved one’s name or photo on our Daytona 500 car.” If you would like to participate in this Fan Memories program please click the following links below for more information… http://store.jesterapparel.
Gase is elated to welcome back many of his long-standing partners and several new ones. These partners include his Donate Life partners, Medline, Agri Supply, Pro Master, Page Construction. Gase will announce the rest at a later date. “I feel very lucky and fortunate to have so many great partners stick with me and it’s exciting to have some new partners joining the party with us this year as well! They are all passionate about raising awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation, which is something that is very important to me.” said Gase.
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Ryan Truex will pilot the No. 71 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season opener, DAYTONA 500, at Daytona International Speedway.
Taking after family history, Ryan Truex has ascended to the top of the motorsports ladder in just a few short years competing throughout the top tiers of the sport. Driving for several well-acclaimed teams such as Joe Gibbs Racing, Pastrana Waltrip Racing, BK Racing, Biagi Denbeste Racing and Hattori Racing Enterprises, Truex has made starts in all three top NASCAR series. This will mark Truex's second attempt at qualifying for The DAYTONA 500.
"I am very thankful to TBR and Tommy Baldwin for this opportunity and can't wait to get to Daytona and back in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car," commented Ryan Truex. "The pressure is on to make it into the race, but Tommy is a true racer, and I know he will put everything into the car to give us a great shot."
"I'm excited to have Ryan back in a Tommy Baldwin Racing car," team owner Tommy Baldwin said. "We had success at Daytona in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, in the past. I've known the Truex family a very long time, and it's special that we'll be able to compete in The DAYTONA 500 together, and hopefully more races as the year goes on. We are still in search of a primary sponsor that we're hoping to put together in time to give TBR a great run this year!"
Two veteran crew chiefs will join the growing Front Row Motorsports team for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series campaign. Drew Blickensderfer will lead the No. 34 team with driver Michael McDowell, and Mike Kelley will head up the efforts of the new No. 36 team with rookie driver Matt Tifft. Seth Barbour returns as crew chief of the No. 38 team with driver David Ragan.
Blickensderfer joins the No. 34 team from Richard Petty Motorsports where he had served as a crew chief since 2012. He has three Cup Series wins, including one with Ragan at Roush Fenway Racing in 2011.
Kelley joins the No. 36 team from Roush Fenway where he served as crew chief of the No. 60 NASCAR XFINITY Series entry in 2018. The NASCAR veteran is a two-time XFINITY series champion, leading Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to titles in 2011 and 2012 as well as the Rookie of the Year title in 2010.
Barbour will begin his second full season with Front Row Motorsports in 2019. After joining the team as No. 34 crew chief in mid-2017, Barbour headed Ragan’s team throughout 2018, leading the No. 38 to its best points finish in team history (25th). A team engineer for Roush Fenway for eight years, Barbour was a member of the 2011 and 2012 Stenhouse championship teams.
As Front Row Motorsports continues to grow in its 11th full-time season, Derrick Finley will take on the new role of technical director, and Donnie Wingo will continue to lead the competition staff efforts as competition director.
Additional news about the growing team will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information about Front Row Motorsports, visit TeamFRM.com.
When it comes to a sure-bet NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, Roger Penske undoubtedly sits high on that highly-revered list.
The 81-year old owner and Team Penske namesake is perhaps the most legendary and renowned team principal in all of motorsports with two NASCAR premier series championships – including just last season with Joey Logano – and Daytona 500, Indy 500 victories and IndyCar titles, too.
His team has 114 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race victories – including the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 – spread out among nine drivers; four of them Cup champions at some point in their careers, and two of them Hall of Famers themselves poised to welcome him among NASCAR’s most celebrated elite.
Penske is part of an illustrious list of 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees that includes the late Cup drivers Alan Kulwicki and Davey Allison, fellow team owner Jack Roush and four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon, who will all officially enter the sport’s great Hall of Fame on Feb. 1.
For Penske’s recognition, it was always a matter of “when,” not “if.”
“He’s always growing, always learning, and no matter how successful he is, or how successful he is in his life, he’s always willing to take the time to learn technology, to learn about things in general,’’ said Team Penske Cup driver Brad Keselowski, who earned Penske’s first NASCAR premier series championship in 2012.
“In motorsports and business, technology is always evolving and you’ve got to keep up with the times. His ability to do that and his self-motivation to do that is really unparalleled next to any other person I’ve ever seen in my life.
“He’s committed to always growing and always learning and that’s the number one thing I take from him.’’
It certainly helps explain Penske’s staying power at the “top.”
While he is widely renowned for his work leading a race team, Penske actually began his racing career as a driver. After earning a degree from Pennsylvania’s Lehigh University, Penske immersed himself in the racing scene. He collected cars and raced cars, and in his mid-20s competed in events around the world, beating competitors – racing legends even - such as Bruce McLaren, Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt.
When it comes to his NASCAR Hall of Fame honors, however, Penske will be best celebrated for his work as a leader outside the race car – a team owner, a driver svengali, a mechanical marvel, an intense competitor always ahead of his time.
The legendary Mark Donohue scored Penske’s first NASCAR premier series team victory – a win in the 1973 season-opener on the Riverside, Calif. road course. At the time Penske dabbled in stock cars while running full force in IndyCar. NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison won four races for Penske in the mid-1970s and competed fulltime – 30 races – in a singular season (1976).
But Penske didn’t fully establish a lasting full-time presence in NASCAR until 1991 when he hired the 1989 Cup champion Rusty Wallace to drive his No. 2 Pontiac. It didn’t take long for the pairing to sync up. Wallace won the sixth race of the 1991 season – from the pole position - at Bristol, Tenn. then won again at Pocono, Pa. that summer. It was the beginning of a strong relationship and mighty competitive offering that claimed 37 trophies (most among Penske’s Cup drivers) before Wallace retired following the 2005 season. The two hoisted winner’s trophies in 12 of Wallace’s 15 seasons with the operation.
“One thing I’m so fond of, is his ability to understand and tackle things,’’ said Wallace, a NASCAR Hall of Famer (Class of 2013) himself.
“Roger’s not just a smart CEO that runs a big company, he knows about engines, rear ends, brakes, tires and all the mechanical stuff about the car, and when you’re talking after practice he can talk all that smack with you. He knows it all instead of being an owner that doesn’t really know what’s going on.”
That’s become increasingly evident in NASCAR, where Penske is racking up statistics, accolades and big race trophies similar to what he does in open-wheel racing. Penske has three IndyCar championships and an unprecedented 17 wins in the Indianapolis 500 – the latest coming last May with driver Will Power.
In NASCAR, Penske has reached Cup Series Victory Lane with nine drivers – starting with Donohue, Allison, Wallace, add Jeremy Mayfield in 2000, the 2008 Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman, former Cup champion Kurt Busch and Penske’s own Cup championship twosome of Keselowski and Logano. The team’s newcomer – 25-year old Ryan Blaney – won for Penske in his first year with the operation, claiming the 2018 Charlotte road course race.
And still, for each race trophy, for each championship, Penske remains humble and proud of a job well done by a hand-picked organization of high achievers and big dreamers.
“For me, 33 championships (across all racing genres) that gives us as Team Penske, and certainly to get the Indianapolis race, the Southern 500, and now to think that we’re the champion of 2018 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is something that I never imagined at the beginning,’’ Penske said last November after Logano won the series championship at Homestead, Fla.
He added, “There's really three things that are really ‑‑ I think ‑‑ every time I think about how we succeed and how we can be better, one is what’s your brand.
“And this kind of winning, not only on the racetrack but in business, drives a great Penske brand, which has been terrific. I think technology is so important when you think about what technology has done to us in business and think about the technology up and down pit lane. You’re got to be on top of it.
“But underlying that and the foundation of everything else is your people. If I can manage those three pillars, I think we’ll continue to have success.’’
That success – from race trophies to the first-class buttoned-up operation that Penske brings to each race series – has absolutely resulted in the kind of victory and acclaim that has earned “The Captain” - as he is nicknamed - the well-deserved honor of NASCAR Hall of Famer.
“I think for Roger, who’s done everything there is to do in IndyCar and other forms of motorsports, to get into the world of NASCAR and be able to go in to the Hall of Fame with the driver who helped bring him into NASCAR, back in the early 90s – to have him win a Cup championship, go into the Hall of Fame. … I think it’s pretty special for him,’’ Wallace said. “When I talk to him, he’s pretty darn excited about it.
“He’s checked all the boxes on everything and rightfully so. He deserves this and he’s in.”
A public memorial service for J.D. Gibbs, who passed away last Friday evening, will be held on January 25, 2019 at Belk Arena on the campus of Davidson College in Davidson, N.C.
Doors will open at 10:30 AM and the service is scheduled to start at 11:30 AM ET.
Parking on campus will be limited and restricted to Baker Sports Complex and Stowe parking lots adjacent to the Belk Arena. Those attending are asked to enter the lots from Baker Drive. Because parking is limited, car-pooling is highly encouraged. Once the designated lots fill, attendees will be asked to find parking in nearby public areas. Please do not park in spots that are assigned for Davidson employees or students.
Belk Arena is located at 200 Baker Drive, Davidson, NC 28036.
Note: Please do not send flowers to the service or Davidson College. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The J.D. Gibbs Legacy Fund.
J.D. GIBBS LEGACY FUND (www.jdgibbslegacy.com)
J.D. Gibbs was passionate in his support of the Young Life Ministry, for which he served as a leader, local committee member, and national board member during the previous 25 years.
The J.D. Gibbs Legacy Fund has been established to support the Young Life Ministry through two specific objectives that reflect J.D.’s passion for outreach:
- To ensure “every kid” in the greater Charlotte region can be reached with the gospel, the Fund will provide the support necessary to reach adolescents from all socioeconomic backgrounds, those with special needs, and teen moms.
- Young Life’s Windy Gap Camp in the mountains of N.C. has been a favorite of J.D.’s and his family for many years. Windy Gap is located just 15 miles north of Asheville, N.C. and the Fund will be used to support the construction of a new dining hall as well as additional facility improvements.
Additional information and a link to donate online can be found at www.jdgibbslegacy.com. Checks can also be made out to:
Young Life/The J.D. Gibbs Legacy Fund
c/o Joe Gibbs Racing
13415 Reese Blvd. West
Huntersville, NC 28078