Coy Gibbs, Joe Gibbs' son, died at the age of 49.

Coy Gibbs, Joe Gibbs' son, died at the age of 49.

Coy Gibbs, the son of Pro Football and NASCAR Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs and the father of newly crowned NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Ty Gibbs, died during the night in his sleep. He was 49 years old at the time.

Gibbs was the COO and vice president of Joe Gibbs Racing and has had a varied career that has included a career as a linebacker at Stanford University, four years as a NASCAR driver from 2000 to 2003, and several years as an offensive control assistant on his commanders' staff. Washington's paternal grandfather.

"It is with great regret that Joe Gibbs Racing confirms that Coy Gibbs went to stay with the Lord in his sleep last night," Joe Gibbs Racing said in a statement. "The family appreciates all thoughts and prayers and requests privacy during this difficult time."

Gibbs began his football career as a linebacker at Stanford University from 1991 to 1994, following in his famous father's footsteps. Gibbs finished six times in the top five and 21 times in the top ten in two seasons, including a career runner-up finish. in 2002 in Texas Gibbs finished 10th in points in both seasons before moving on to the NASCAR Busch Series in 2003, where he scored two top ten finishes, including a best ninth at Talladega.

After the 2003 season, Gibbs would leave the driver's seat to join his father on the Washington coaching staff, where he served as an offensive quality control assistant from 2004 to 2007. Gibbs is survived by his wife Heather and four children, including a 20-year-old son. On Saturday night, Ty won the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Gibbs did not compete in the NASCAR Cup Series season finale on Sunday, where he was scheduled to start 10th in the No. 23 for 23XI Racing.

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