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Timeline: The road to victory

1964

San Diego State University, football graduate assistant

1965-66

San Diego State University, offensive line coach

1967-68

Florida State University, offensive line coach

1969-70

University of Southern California, offensive line coach

1971-72

University of Arkansas, offensive line coach

1973-77

St. Louis Cardinals, offensive backfield coach

1978

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, offensive coordinator

1979-80

San Diego Chargers, offensive coordinator 

1981-93

Washington Redskins, head coach

1983

Redskins win Super Bowl XVII. Gibbs would go on to guide the team to victories in Super Bowl XXII (1988) and XXVI (1992)

1991

October 1: “Joe Gibbs: Fourth and One” book is released

October 20: Makes his TV commercial debut, touting Interstate Batteries.

1992

February: Joe Gibbs Racing makes its NASCAR debut, with Dale Jarrett driving the Interstate Batteries-sponsored Chevrolet Lumina.

September: Launches Redline Sports Marketing, JGR’s in-house licensing agency.

1995

Fields a Funny Car, Top Fuel dragster and a Pro Stock Firebird in the NHRA. McDonald’s is the primary sponsor on all three cars.

1996

Gibbs is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

1999

JGR expands to a two-car operation, with Tony Stewart’s Home Depot-sponsored car.

2000

Ends his NHRA relationship after six years and 33 victories.

2002

Along with a small group of investors, buys 5% of the Atlanta Falcons from owner Arthur Blank for $27 million.

2003

Co-authors “Racing to Win” with Ken Abraham. 

2004

January: Accepts an offer from Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who had purchased the club in 1999, to return as the team’s head coach.

April: GM announces that it will make 1,200 Joe Gibbs Performance versions of both the Chevrolet Tahoe and Silverados.

2005

JGR expands to a third car, with Denny Hamlin driving the FedEx-sponsored Chevrolet. The delivery brand signed a mutiyear deal in 2021 extending what is one of the longest-tenured sponsor, team and driver combinations in the sport.

2007

Announces that after 16 years with GM, JGR will switch to Toyota.

2008

January: Retires as Redskins’ head coach and president.  

August: Forms JGRMX motorcycle racing team competing in the AMA motocross and supercross championship and managed by his son, Coy Gibbs.

September 5: Addresses the Republican National Convention, offering his support for John McCain and his hope that the McCain-Sarah Palin ticket would lead to a “spiritual awakening” in the United States. 

2009

June: Releases “Game Plan for Life” book

September: The “Southern Discomfort” episode of MTV’s Nitro Circus airs, featuring a segment shot with Travis Pastrana at the JGR headquarters.

2012

Bubba Wallace begins his NASCAR national series career, making six starts with JGR.

2015

February 28: Teams up with Denny Hamlin in a TV spot for Hisense televisions.

March 22: After NASCAR driver Carl Edwards and Subway move from Roush Fenway Racing to JGR (giving Gibbs his fourth car), the sandwich maker airs a TV spot featuring Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, Edwards and Gibbs training hard in the gym. Since they’re being fueled by Subway’s Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki, they can all lift a massive amount of weight with just one arm.

2018

Forms the Joe Gibbs Performance Management concentration of the Strayer University Bachelor of Business Administration

2019

Gibbs’ son, J.D., a JGR co-owner and stock car driver, dies after a long battle with neurological brain disease.

2020

January: Inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. 

November: After 13 years in the sport, JGR ceases its motocross team operation.

2022

Announces that Bubba Wallace, now with 23XI Racing, will drive for JGR at Circuit of The Americas and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course races this season.

— Compiled by David Broughton

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