Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced Tuesday that Carl Edwards will join the organization in 2015 to drive a fourth car for the team and compete full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Jack Roush confirmed last month that Edwards would be leaving Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the season but did not specify at the time where he would go.
During the press conference which was attended by media members and streamed live, JGR also announced that ARRIS Group, Inc. will sponsor Edwards in the No. 19 Toyota Camry for 17 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The team did not announce additional sponsors for the No. 19 for the remaining races.
Edwards is currently eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings with two wins, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes thus far this season. By virtue of his two wins, he has qualified for the post-season championship, assuming he attempts to qualify for the next three races. His highest finish in a Sprint Cup Series season was in 2011 when he was runner-up to Tony Stewart. The two were tied in points after the last race and Stewart was named champion based on a tiebreaker.
JGR also announced the addition of Daniel Suarez, who will compete in the Nationwide series full time in 2015 and will compete part-time in the Camping World Truck Series, with ARRIS Group as sponsor for both.
Suarez is currently competing full time for Escuderia TELMEX in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series, where he leads that series, and also competes in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity for Rev Racing Team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
“This is one of the biggest days in Joe Gibbs Racing’s history,” said Joe Gibbs, founder and owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “To be able to bring a driver the caliber of Carl Edwards on board to launch our fourth team is just a thrill. But we also have the opportunity to announce a new partner in ARRIS that will not only sponsor Carl, but also share a vision with Carlos Slim Domit and Escuderia TELMEX to develop Mexican and Latin American drivers in NASCAR. We are excited to have Daniel Suarez as part of that program and look forward to watching his development in the NASCAR Nationwide Series next season.”
“Having the opportunity to run full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Joe Gibbs Racing is like a dream come true,” said Suarez. “Everyone knows how successful they have been in the Nationwide Series and I can’t thank ARRIS enough for supporting me next season. It’s also exciting to be part of this initiative with Carlos because I know his passion for racing and his desire to provide opportunities to others like me.”
JGR currently fields the NASCAR Sprint Cup teams of Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth plus three NASCAR Nationwide teams with full-time driver Elliott Sadler in the 11 car and various drivers in the other two cars.
Darrell Wallace, Jr. will drive a full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series behind the wheel of a Kyle Busch Motorsports Tundra and Cody Coughlin enters JGR’s driver development program and will compete in the ARCA Series for Venturini Motorsports.