Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that drivers Carl Edwards and Daniel Suarez will join the organization in 2015 to compete full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series respectively.
In addition, ARRIS Group, Inc. will sponsor Edwards in the No. 19 Toyota Camry for 17 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with JGR expanding its operations to include a fourth team. ARRIS also will support Suarez in a multi-year program, starting with the 2015 NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as a partial schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
JGR also announces that it has launched a diversity initiative with Escuderia TELMEX with support from ARRIS to provide developmental opportunities to deserving Mexican and Latin American candidates in the NASCAR Toyota Series in Mexico and other racing series under the JGR umbrella.
“This is one of the biggest days in Joe Gibbs Racing’s history,” said Joe Gibbs, founder and owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “To be able to bring a driver the caliber of Carl Edwards on board to launch our fourth team is just a thrill. But we also have the opportunity to announce a new partner in ARRIS that will not only sponsor Carl, but also share a vision with Carlos Slim Domit and Escuderia TELMEX to develop Mexican and Latin American drivers in NASCAR. We are excited to have Daniel Suarez as part of that program and look forward to watching his development in the NASCAR Nationwide Series next season.”
A Missouri native, Edwards is currently eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings with two wins, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes thus far this season. Over the course of his 11-year career, he has won a total of 23 races with 106 top-five and 182 top-10 finishes. In addition to his 23 Sprint Cup Series wins, he has also compiled 38 wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and won the championship in 2007. His highest finish in the Sprint Cup Series season was in 2011 when he was runner-up to Tony Stewart based on a tiebreaker.
Suarez is currently competing full time for Escuderia TELMEX in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series, where he leads that series, and also competes in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Rev Racing Team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He has four wins and six top-five finishes in 10 starts in the NASCAR Toyota Series and has added two wins, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes this season in 12 K&N Pro Series starts. Suarez made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut with JGR earlier this season at Richmond International Raceway with a 19th-place finish.
“Having the opportunity to run full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Joe Gibbs Racing is like a dream come true,” said Suarez. “Everyone knows how successful they have been in the Nationwide Series and I can’t thank ARRIS enough for supporting me next season. It’s also exciting to be part of this initiative with Carlos because I know his passion for racing and his desire to provide opportunities to others like me.”
ARRIS is a worldwide leader in broadband and video delivery technology. The company’s solutions bring entertainment and communications to millions of people around the world.
“We’re proud to join Joe Gibbs Racing—an icon in the world of motorsports—and sponsor two of the best drivers in the business: Carl Edwards and Daniel Suarez. We believe this is a great match: ARRIS broadband technology delivers fast entertainment to your home, and Joe Gibbs Racing delivers the same experience on the racetrack,” said Bob Stanzione, Chairman and CEO, ARRIS. “We’re excited to collaborate with Carlos Slim Domit, one of our top customers, to bring our shared passion for diversity to the sport on an international stage. As ARRIS continues to grow, we’re proud to take an increasingly visible role in cultivating the community, diversity, and performance that reflect our global brand.”
Carlos Slim Domit is Chairman of the Board for Grupo Carso and co-founder of Escuderia TELMEX along with Jimmy Morales. As part of Escuderia TELMEX’s international program, he has partnered with Joe Gibbs Racing to aid in their diversity program with the continued focus of developing Mexican and Latin American drivers in NASCAR.
“I am very excited to have Escuderia TELMEX as a partner with Joe Gibbs Racing and ARRIS,” said Carlos Slim Domit. “They are great teams with whom we share strong values with a passion to win. Over the past 12 years we have worked very hard together with NASCAR in the development of a racing series and building a strong ladder system for our drivers. Having the opportunity for Daniel Suarez to demonstrate his talent to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series is very rewarding and encouraging to us all.”