Legendary former pro football head coach, entrepreneur and current NASCAR® Championship team owner
A successful organization starts with its people.
This has long been the philosophy of Joe Gibbs. It helped carry him to three Super Bowl championships as the Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach of the NFL’s Washington Redskins and has been a defining principle behind building Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) into one of NASCAR’s most successful multi-team racing organizations.
JGR has experienced amazing success and growth since Gibbs founded the operation in 1991. Beginning its first season of racing in 1992 with just 18 crew members, JGR now employs 600 people. Despite the immense growth, the company remains defined by the same principles of its founder: integrity, a relentless work ethic, determination, perseverance and team building. Those principles have been the driving force behind JGR’s success including over 290 overall wins in NASCAR, four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships and five NASCAR Xfinity Series Championships.
Gibbs was applying character-based leadership long before he started in NASCAR. Hired as head coach of the Washington Redskins in 1981, he led the team to their first Super Bowl Championship following the 1982 season. Over the next decade, he would lead the Redskins to three more Super Bowls, including victories in Super Bowl XXII following the 1987 season and Super Bowl XXVI after the 1991 season.
He retired from the NFL following the 1992 season to turn his attention to his family and the new race operations. Four years later he would receive the NFL’s highest honor with induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996. He returned to coach the Redskins again in 2004 leading them back to the playoffs twice over a four-year span.
JGR made its debut in 1992, but it was a year later that JGR would claim its first victory, when Dale Jarrett captured the 1993 Daytona 500 in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries car. The growth and success of JGR has been extraordinary since that first victory, winning championships and expanding from a single car operation in those early days to introducing a fourth-team for the 2015 season.
Gibbs now works daily with both his sons, J.D., who is co-owner of Joe Gibbs Racing and Coy, who recently joined the NASCAR operations in the official capacity of Chief Operating Officer while continuing to lead JGRMX, a professional motocross team. He is also spreading the message of his "Game Plan For Life" ministry and remains committed to Youth For Tomorrow, a home he founded for troubled youth in Bristow, VA.