By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer
Today, Joe Gibbs Racing announced multi-year extensions with both driver NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin and long-time sponsor, FedEx.
Hamlin has spent his entire NASCAR Cup Series career with Joe Gibbs Racing, having made his series debut with the team at Kansas Speedway in 2005. The following season he joined the organization full-time and captured his first win at NASCAR’s elite level at Pocono Raceway in June of 2006. He later went on to win the series second visit to the track that July, sweeping both events at the Tricky Triangle from the pole position.
“I’m so fortunate to have the support of FedEx behind me throughout my career,” said Hamlin. “I take a tremendous amount of pride in having the opportunity to represent them not only on the racetrack, but also in the community through the countless programs they have supported for the better part of these past two decades.”
FedEx has been along for the journey and remained a primary sponsor on the No. 11 car for over fifteen years, including Hamlin’s three DAYTONA 500 victories.
“The relationship between FedEx and our organization has been a tremendous success story in so many ways. We’re excited that FedEx will continue to support Denny and our No. 11 team,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “Denny continues to perform at the top of our sport. And our goal is to continue to position him and FedEx to win a championship.”
Hamlin’s massive amount of success and consistency across the board has seen him rack up 44 career wins in the NASCAR Cup Series. He also has earned 179 top-five, and 280 top-10’s to go along with 33 pole awards.
.@JoeGibbsRacing, @FedEx and I have shared a lot of big wins and special moments together throughout our 16 years together. And we’re nowhere near done. Still have a lot of racing and winning to do for a coach and all the FedEx team members. Let’s go! https://t.co/tpIYQ7Z4FM
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) February 1, 2021
The Chesterfield, VA native is the defending DAYTONA 500 Champion, a race victory that long-time sponsor FedEx was on board for.
“FedEx has remained the primary sponsor of the #11 car and Denny Hamlin for over fifteen years, and together we have celebrated many successes on and off the track including 3 Daytona 500 wins,” said Jenny Robertson, Senior Vice President, FedEx Integrated and Marketing Communications.
“The FedEx Racing relationship with Joe Gibbs Racing has continued to provide meaningful opportunities for us to engage our customers, team members, and fans , as well as make a positive impact in the community. We are honored to extend this relationship with the Joe Gibbs Racing organization for multiple years and continue the drive for a NASCAR Cup Series championship.”
Feature Photo Credit: Nigel Kinrade Photography / NKP Photo