Joe Gibbs retired as coach of the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, a move that frees him to be directly involved with his race team once again. Washington was eliminated from the NFL playoffs after a 35-14 loss at Seattle on Saturday.
Joe Gibbs Racing, founded in 1992, has claimed three Sprint Cup championships since 2000, with Bobby Labonte winning the title in 2000 and Tony Stewart in '02 and '05.
Gibbs might stay on as an adviser with the Redskins, but made it clear how important his NASCAR team is. "We've got our family business here, it's real important to all of us," Gibbs said. "... That will be a big part of my life and a big part of me."
Gibbs, who first retired as an NFL coach in 1992, returned to the Redskins four years ago and turned control of JGR over to his son, J.D. J.D. Gibbs doesn't expect much to change within JGR, but said the move allows his father to continue to be a good leader for the company.
-- Dusty Schwab