Carl Edwards will race for Joe Gibbs Racing in next year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup season, it has been confirmed.
The 35-year-old, who has 23 Sprint Cup wins to his name, announced last month he would split with his current team Roush Fenway Racing, with whom he has spent his entire top-level NASCAR career.
Edwards will drive a fourth Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing alongside the team’s existing drivers Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, while RFR will likely field 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Greg Biffle.
“It’s obviously a huge day for me and my career,” Edwards said. “It means the world to me to have this opportunity.”
“I’m looking forward to next year. It will be really exciting to race for championships with the team.”
Edwards added that seeing former Roush Fenway teammate Kenseth thrive at Joe Gibbs’ squad, winning seven races after switching for the 2013 season, was a major motivating factor for making the switch.
“Matt’s success over here was a big eye opener for me,” he said. “It just felt like it was time to change.”
Gibbs said the announcement made it “one of the biggest days” in his team’s history, adding: “To be able to bring a driver of Edwards’ caliber on board to launch our fourth team is just a thrill.”
Originally on Autosport.com