Popular NASCAR team president undergoing medical treatment for brain issues

J.D. Gibbs (Getty Images)
J.D. Gibbs (Getty Images)
J.D. Gibbs (Getty Images)

Joe Gibbs Racing president J.D. Gibbs has started treatment for symptoms impacting areas of brain function. In an emailed press release the team said Wednesday Gibbs has undergone a series of tests after experiencing a gradual onset of symptoms that includes speech and processing issues.

The 46-year-old Gibbs is the son of team owner Joe Gibbs. He took over as president of the team in October 2007and is one of the most visible and recognizable figures in the NASCAR garage. Joe Gibbs Racing fields four cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series along with three entries in the NASCAR Xfinity series. JGR teams have won 114 Sprint Cup races and 101 in the XFINITY Series. The 2015 season is its 24th in the Sprint Cup series. The organization has won a Sprint Cup Series championship three times — in 2000 with driver Bobby Labonte, as well as 2002 and ’05 with driver Tony Stewart.

Wednesday’s press release said that JGR employees were notified of the situation earlier in the day at the team’s headquarters in Huntersville, North Carolina. MORE>>>

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