Joe Gibbs Announces Plans For 2000

CHARLOTTE (Nov. 3, 1999) -- Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, announced that he will operate a single-car team on the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) circuit in 2000 - a Top Fuel dragster - sponsored by MBNA, driven by Cory McClenathan...

CHARLOTTE (Nov. 3, 1999) -- Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, announced that he will operate a single-car team on the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) circuit in 2000 - a Top Fuel dragster - sponsored by MBNA, driven by Cory McClenathan and tuned by Wes Cerny.

Gibbs said he is dissolving his Funny Car operation following the 1999 season due to a lack of a primary sponsor. Interstate Batteries, the main sponsor on Gibbs' Funny Car the past two years, will not return as an NHRA primary sponsor. Interstate Batteries will continue to sponsor Gibbs' NASCAR team -- the #18 Pontiac, driven by Bobby Labonte.

"I respect the business decision that Interstate Batteries made, and I want to thank them for their support as a primary and associate sponsor of our NHRA program over the past five years," said Gibbs. "Our organization continues to be committed to NHRA racing. We will put all of our energies and focus on our MBNA Top Fuel dragster next year, and feel we will be in a strong position to contend for the series championship." Gibbs' Funny Car is driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., and tuned by Cerny. Johnson, who joined the team in mid-June, has competed in 12 national event races and is currently in eighth place in the NHRA Winston point standings. He has reached the finals four times - winning twice - in Reading, Pa. and Memphis.

Since becoming an NHRA owner in 1995, Gibbs' two-car operation has combined to win 32 races, including three victories at the prestigious U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Cory McClenathan , Tommy Johnson Jr.
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing