Joe Gibbs Racing put all four cars into the Chase in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. If they do it in the 2017 season, one driver would be different in the lineup. From multiple sources, Fox Sports reports that Carl Edwards is leaving JGR to pursue other interests outside of driving, not competing in the top NASCAR Series in 2017.
It is rumored that fresh off of his 2016 Xfinity title, Daniel Suarez would take over the No. 19 for 2017 and beyond, a transition that may have a bit of a learning curve for Suarez, but one that would likely be amenable to sponsor Xfinity, who already have sponsored Suarez in the Xfinity Series. JGR has a press conference scheduled for Wednesday, January 11th where Suarez is likely to be named the new full-time driver.
Representatives for both Edwards and the Joe Gibbs Racing organization declined to comment. President of Toyota Racing Development (TRD), USA, David Wilson, also declined comment on Edwards’ departure.
As of the time of this article’s publishing, no further reason was given as to Edwards’ future plans, nor the timing/reasoning for retirement.
Edwards, 37 has celebrated 31 wins in the top NASCAR series since 2004, and
Source: Fox Sports – Exclusive: Carl Edwards won’t race in 2017