Denny Hamlin said on the sidelines of the 2022 NASCAR Awards that he hoped to extend his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing beyond 2023 and end his career there.
The No. 11 Toyota driver was interviewed by reporters at the 2022 NASCAR Awards Thursday night at the Music City Center in Nashville. Hamlin confirmed discussions are underway with the team and long-time sponsor FedEx to extend to Joe Gibbs Racing after 2023.
“I’ve always wanted to end my career at Joe Gibbs Racing and I’m optimistic enough to say it will be. »
said Denny Hamlin
Hamlin has driven for Joe Gibbs’ No. 11 team since the start of his NASCAR Cup Series career in 2005. He has 48 wins in 614 starts. The now 42-year-old won twice last season and finished fifth in the final standings.
But Hamlin has become more than a driver in recent years. He became a team owner with the creation of 23XI Racing – together with Michael Jordan. This team grew to two cars last year, with drivers Kurt Busch and Bubba Wallace.
Hamlin said he will one day transition to a full-time role on the owner’s side, but the decision to hang up his helmet wouldn’t hinge on his involvement with 23XI.
“There will be a time when my attention will be more needed as a team owner than as a driver, but it will be on my terms and when I am ready. I don’t think being an owner is going to make me retire any faster. I think my retirement will be a completely independent decision, regardless of where we are with the 23XI Racing team. »