|12/12/11 11:43AM||Darian Grubb, Joe Gibbs Racing, NASCAR, Sprint Cup|
Grubb joins JGR as Hamlin's crew chief on No. 11
By Team Release
December 09, 2011 1:24 PM, EST
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Joe Gibbs Racing announced Friday that Darian Grubb has been named crew chief for its No. 11 Toyota Sprint Cup Series team.
"Darian is a great addition to our organization and person to lead our No. 11 FedEx team," said Joe Gibbs, owner of JGR. "Obviously he has proven the ability to guide a team to a championship and we are excited to have him working with Denny [Hamlin] toward achieving that goal here at Joe Gibbs Racing."
Grubb is coming off an impressive championship run with driver Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing which included winning five of the 10 Chase races en route to capturing the Cup Series title. He spent the past three seasons as crew chief for Stewart on the No. 14 car after the driver left JGR to start his own race operation. Prior to joining Stewart-Haas Racing, Grubb spent six years with Hendrick Motorsports, rising through the organization's engineering ranks and gaining invaluable crew chief experience.
"I'm thrilled to join Joe Gibbs Racing," said Grubb. "The chance to work with Denny is something I'm excited about. When you sit down with Joe and J.D. Gibbs you can't help but be excited about this opportunity and the team aspects of JGR. There is no question about the level of support you get here and I'm looking forward to working with everyone across the entire organization."
Over the past three seasons as crew chief for Stewart, Grubb has helped lead the team to 11 victories, while amassing 33 top-five and 59 top-10 finishes over that time. Prior to joining Stewart-Haas Racing, Grubb gained previous crew chief experience while with Hendrick Motorsports. He was crew chief to Casey Mears in 2007, helping to lead the driver to his first Sprint Cup Series career victory with a win that season in the prestigious Coca-Cola 600. The team also won the pole at Chicagoland Speedway that year, while earning five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He also served as interim crew chief for Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 car for the first four races of the 2006 season with the team winning two of those four -- including the Daytona 500.