Denny Hamlin shifts focus to winning the 2023 cup title after signing a multi-year contract extension with JGR

Denny Hamlin is determined to win his maiden JGR Cup title.


Denny Hamlin shifts focus to winning the 2023 cup title after signing a multi-year contract extension with JGR

Denny Hamlin (Credits: IMAGO)

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin has inked a multi-year deal with the Toyota giants and is ready to invest all his time towards winning his maiden Cup title. Hamlin, who is JGR’s longest-tenured driver, has often admitted that he wanted to win a Cup title with the team and retire there. With the positive momentum he has following the two race wins this year, Hamlin is on the right path to get there.

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Hamlin has been racing for JGR over the last two decades. He made his Cup debut with the team in 2005 at Kansas and made his full-time debut the very next season. The 2006 Rookie of the Year has gone on to win 50 Cup events, making him the winningest driver in the premier division without a title, which includes three Daytona 500s.

Hamlin, who has made over 600 Cup starts for JGR, while talking about extension, said that JGR has been his home for decades, and the relation with them means a lot to him. He added that he is excited about finally announcing the deal as he can now focus on chasing the championship.

Joe Gibbs Racing has been my home for almost 20 years now. My relationship with Joe (Gibbs), my team, and everyone at JGR means a lot to me. We have accomplished so much together over the years. I’m excited to finally announce this so we can put all our focus on chasing the championship,” Hamlin said, as reported by the RACER.

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Joe Gibbs is excited about Denny Hamlin’s contract extension

Denny Hamlin and Joe Gibbs
Denny Hamlin and Joe Gibbs

JGR’s boss, Joe Gibbs, said that it’s amazing to recall the time when his late son, JD Gibbs, discovered a young Hamlin, and they signed the first contract over two decades ago. The three Super Bowl-winning football coach said he looks forward to continuing their partnership.

It is amazing to think it has been almost 20 years since J.D. (Gibbs) first saw him race, and we signed him to that first contract. He has been a big part of Joe Gibbs Racing ever since then, and we look forward to that continuing for years to come,” Joe Gibbs said.

Having Hamlin for multiple years will be good for JGR, considering there is a huge possibility that 2024 might be the last year for Martin Truex Jr. with the team. Having a veteran driver who is a proven winner is an irreplicable asset for any racing team.

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