It has been a busy few days for Joe Gibbs Racing. Team president J.D. Gibbs met with the media to discuss the Carl Edwards rumors, the Kyle Busch sponsorship possibilities and then this morning comes the report from Sports Business Journal that Home Depot is leaving the Gibbs organization at the end of this season.
“The days of the orange, No. 20 Home Depot car are coming to an end. The company, which has been a primary NASCAR sponsor since 1999, will leave the sport after its contract with Joe Gibbs Racing ends this season, said sources familiar with Home Depot’s plans told the Sports Business Journal.”
Home Depot came to NASCAR as the primary sponsor of the #20 for Tony Stewart during his rookie season. Home Depot has been with JGR for 15 seasons, but in recent years has cut back on their sponsorship program to share primary sponsorship on the 20 driven now by Matt Kenseth.
Joe Gibbs Racing fields Toyota’s for Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. In an interview yesterday at Sonoma, J.D. Gibbs said he would not be announcing whether or not there would be a fourth JGR Toyota for 2015 until September. Asked if it would be September before the team would make an announcement of a fourth car, Gibbs told FOXSports.com, “It would probably go at least that long, if we did anything.” Also in that interview, Gibbs confirmed that M&M’s would continue to be the primary sponsor of Kyle Busch and the No. 18 Toyota.
As the 2014 NASCAR season continues it would seem that Joe Gibbs Racing will continue to be the center of NASCAR’s rumor mill.