WATCH: Joe Gibbs confirms Aric Almirola will drive for JGR in 2024 at the Commanders versus Dolphins game
Joe Gibbs won four NFC championships with the Washington Commanders.
Aric Almirola, Christopher Bell, Joe Gibbs and Josh Harris (Via Screen Shot; @NBC/X)
NASCAR Hall of Fame team owner Joe Gibbs was present at Landover on Sunday for the NFL game between the Washington Commanders and Miami Dolphins. Gibbs has coached Commanders for 16 seasons in two different stints and has won three Superbowls with them. With a career record of 171–101 (.629), he is considered one of the all-time best coaches in the NFL.
The Joe Gibbs Racing boss attended the game on Sunday with his Cup series driver Christopher Bell, who was the only Toyota driver in the 2023 Cup Series finale, and former Stewart Haas Racing driver Aric Almirola. Gibbs was filmed introducing the racers to Commander co-owner Josh Harris, who also has a minority ownership stake at JGR.
He first introduced Bell to Haris and later proceeded to introduce Almirola. While doing so he spilled the beans on the veteran driver’s future and said, “Aric’s driving for us now.” The ex-Ford driver announced his retirement from full-time racing this year and was looking for Xfinity rides and it seems he has found it at JGR.
Almirola has previously raced for JGR in NASCAR. His Cup and Xfinity Series debut along with his maiden NASCAR race win came with the team. From 2005 to 2007 he raced in over 20 races for the team on a part-time basis and in his final year won the race at Milwaukee. His Cup series debut came with the team in the same season at Vegas, before he moved to DEI.
Washington Commanders’ day ended with a disappointing loss to the Miami Dolphins
While Joe Gibbs got the opportunity to catch up with the players and fans of his ex-team, he left home disappointed. Dolphins won the game convincingly against the Commanders with the scoreline of 45-15.
Miami’s Tyreek Hill was the standout performer of the day. He had five catches for 157 yards and two touchdowns, including a 78-yard touchdown on the team’s opening drive of the game. Tua Tagovailoa had a solid game with two touchdowns for Miami as well.
What the hell was this celebration by the Dolphins after Tyreek Hill's touchdown? pic.twitter.com/R9fpvNMte8— Ben Brown 🌻 (@BenBrownPL) December 3, 2023
The loss has extended Washington’s 2023 woes while Miami has inched close to the playoff. With Sunday’s win their record is now 9-3. For the commanders, it was their fourth consecutive loss and they now found themselves with an underwhelming 4-9 record.
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