Edwards to Join Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Carl Edwards will join Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2015 season as the organization expands to four full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams.
The move was announced today at the company's headquarters, where JGR currently fields Toyota entries in the Sprint Cup Series for drivers Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth.
Edwards, 35, has 23 Sprint Cup wins in 360 career starts, all with Roush Fenway Racing. He is third on the all-time win list for the organization, trailing Mark Martin (35 wins) and Kenseth, who won 24 times while driving for RFR.
In 11 seasons, Edwards has finished in the top-five in points four times, including runner-up efforts in 2008 and 2011. The '11 season ended with Edwards and Tony Stewart tied in points, but Stewart clinched the title based on having more race wins during the season.
A 38-race winner in Nationwide Series competition, Edwards won that series' title in 2007. He also has six career Camping World Truck Series victories.
Sunday's 23rd-place finish in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway dropped Edwards from sixth to eighth in the points standings. However, with two wins, at Bristol Motor Speedway and Sonoma Raceway, he has already earned one of the 16 berths for this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. It will mark his eighth appearance in the 10-race battle for the title.
Roush Fenway Racing officials announced their 2015 Sprint Cup driver lineup last month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That group will consist of veteran Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne.
Joe Gibbs Racing entered NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series in 1992 with driver Dale Jarrett. Bobby Labonte replaced Jarrett in 1995, and in 1999 the organization expanded to two full-time teams, adding driver Tony Stewart.
In 2006, a third full-time team was added, driven by Denny Hamlin.
JGR drivers have won 114 Sprint Cup races and three championships (Labonte, 2000; Stewart, '02, '05).