Carl Edwards celebrated his 35th birthday by signing a multiyear contract with Joe Gibbs Racing to begin in 2015. Edwards, who currently drives the No. 99 Fastenal/Aflac Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup Series for Roush Fenway Racing will pilot the No. 19 Toyota for JGR as their 4th driver. The Arris Group will provide primary sponsorship in 17 of 36 races. Speculation for the move had been growing after Rousch let it slip that he would not be with them next season.
"This is a huge day for me," Edwards said. "It means the world to me to have this opportunity. I am looking forward to be part of the organization and learn from Kyle (Busch), Denny (Hamlin) and Matt (Kenseth) It's going to be a blast. I am ready to compete for championships each year."
"It's just a great addition having Carl Edwards join our race team," commented JGR president J.D. Gibbs.
Carl Michael Edwards II was born August 15, 1979 in Columbia, MO. His “big break” in NASCAR came in 2002, when he competed in 7 Craftsman Truck Series events for MB Motorsports. Although his best finish was 8th at Kansas Speedway, followed by a 38th finish at Gateway International Raceway for Bost Motorsports in one Busch Series race, it, finishing 38th at Gateway International was enough to get the attention of Jack Roush, who signed the young driver as a full-time Truck Series competitor in 2003, driving the Superchips sponsored #99 Ford F-150.
Edwards then went on to win Rookie of the Year finishing 8th in the points standings at the end of the season. He won three more races including the season-opening Florida Dodge Dealers 250 at the Daytona International Speedway in 2004, and finished 4th in the points. The same year he made his NEXTEL Cup Series debut, replacing Jeff Burton, who left the team. In addition to his many accomplishments it should be noted that Carl became the first driver in NASCAR history to pick up his first career Busch and NEXTEL Cup Series wins in the same weekend, and became the eleventh driver in NASCAR history to win races in all three of the organization's major racing series in 2005.