BY KEITH WALTZ
Now that he has celebrated his 18th birthday and is finally eligible to compete on the series’ full complement of race tracks, Ty Gibbs is among the favorites to capture the ARCA Menards Series championship.
Born Oct. 4, 2002, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Gibbs is the son of Joe Gibbs Racing executive Coy Gibbs and the grandson of team founder Joe Gibbs, the only person to be inducted into both the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Gibbs’ racing career started in Outlaw Karts at North Carolina’s Millbridge Speedway. His attention soon turned to asphalt stock car racing and he made his CARS Tour debut at age 14.
His impressive résumé now includes eight ARCA Menards Series victories and he’s also visited Victory Lane in the ARCA Menards Series East and West.
In addition to running the full ARCA Menards Series schedule this season in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Gibbs is scheduled to make a handful of NASCAR Xfinity Series starts.
“I’m pumped to run the full season in the ARCA Menards Series,” said Gibbs. “(Crew chief) Mark (McFarland) has put together an amazing team that gives me a chance to be successful every week.
“I’m also really excited to have the opportunity to work with (crew chief) Chris Gayle to make my debut in the Xfinity Series. I can’t imagine a better situation for me to learn and be able to compare notes, not only with my series teammates like Brandon (Jones), Harrison (Burton) and Daniel (Hemric), but also veterans like Kyle (Busch), Denny (Hamlin) and Martin (Truex Jr.) who I will share the car with.”
On Feb. 20, Gibbs became the first driver to visit Victory Lane in his NASCAR national series debut when he won the NASCAR Xfinity Series at race on the Daytona International Speedway road course.