(Press Release from Joe Gibbs Racing)
Denny Hamlin Signs Multi-Year Contract Extension with Joe Gibbs Racing
50-Time NASCAR Cup Series winner continues as driver of No. 11 Toyota Camry TRD
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (September 4, 2023) – Joe Gibbs Racing announced today that veteran driver Denny Hamlin has signed a multi-year contract extension to continue driving the team’s No. 11 Toyota Camry TRD in the NASCAR Cup Series.
”It is amazing to think it has been almost 20 years since J.D. (Gibbs) first saw him race and we signed him to that first contract,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. ”He has been a big part of Joe Gibbs Racing ever since then and we look forward to that continuing for years to come.”
Hamlin is the team’s longest-tenured driver after making his Cup Series debut for the organization at Kansas Speedway on October 9, 2005. Since then, the Chesterfield, Virginia native has made more than 600 Cup Series starts – all behind the wheel of Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 11 entry. Hamlin is tied for 13th on the all-time wins list with 50 career victories, including three in the Daytona 500 (2016, 2019, 2020), three in the Southern 500 (2010, 2017, 2021), and one in the Coca-Cola 600 (2022). He has qualified for the playoffs 17 times and advanced to the Championship 4 on four occasions (2014, 2019, 2020, 2021). During his career with the organization, Hamlin has accumulated 217 top-five finishes, 333 top-10s, 40 pole awards, and 13,920 laps led.
”Joe Gibbs Racing has been my home for almost 20 years now,” said Hamlin. ”My relationship with Joe (Gibbs), my team, and everyone at JGR means a lot to me. We have accomplished so much together over the years. I’m excited to finally announce this so we can put all our focus on chasing the championship.”
Gibbs was a guest on today’s Actions Detrimental with Denny Hamlin podcast to discuss the news. Hamlin’s weekly podcast is available at DirtyMoMedia.com and across all major podcast platforms.
Terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.
About Joe Gibbs Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is one of the premier organizations in NASCAR with four NASCAR Cup Series teams, three NASCAR Xfinity Series teams, an ARCA Series team, and a driver development program. JGR is based in Huntersville, N.C., and owned by 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Joe Gibbs, who also earned his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and was named as one of the NFL’s top 10 coaches of all-time with a winning career that included three Super Bowl Championships as head coach of the Washington franchise. JGR has competed in NASCAR since 1992, capturing more than 400 wins over that span. No team has more combined wins across the sport’s three national series in the history of NASCAR. In addition, JGR has won five Cup Series championships along with four Xfinity Series driver championships and six Xfinity Series owner’s championship. The organization also has captured four Daytona 500 titles, considered to be NASCAR’s premier event each season.