Darian Grubb, the championship crew chief who was fired at the end of the season, has a new home for 2012. Grubb was announced by Joe Gibbs Racing on Friday as the crew chief for Denny Hamlin after Mike Ford was released by the company on Tuesday.
“I’m thrilled to join Joe Gibbs Racing,” Grubb said. “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.”
Grubb was told he would not be retained after the 2011 season with six weeks left in the season, but still led Tony Stewart to three wins in the final four races and a fuel-mileage strategy at Homestead-Miami Speedway which clinched the championship.
A winner of 14 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Grubb will be Hamlin’s second crew chief since coming into the top level series.
“Darian is a great addition to our organization and person to lead our No. 11 FedEx team,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “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.”
Hamlin, too, is likely excited at having a fresh start and the opportunity to work with a proven championship crew chief.
Look for great things to come out of Joe Gibbs Racing with Grubb on top of the box in 2012.