Ty Gibbs will move to the NASCAR Cup Series in 2023 with Joe Gibbs Racing, JGR announced Nov. 15.
Gibbs will drive the No. 54, his number he used in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2021 and 2022.
Chris Gayle is set to work with Gibbs as his crew chief.
The No. 54 for Gibbs replaces the No. 18, long the organization’s flagship number and team and most recently piloted by the since-departed Kyle Busch. According to JGR, it plans to use the number again in the future.
Sponsorship for Gibbs’ effort has not yet been announced.
Gibbs is the defending Xfinity champion, scoring seven wins, 16 top fives and 23 top 10s en route to the title.
He also made his Cup debut in 2022 while filling in for the injured Kurt Busch at 23XI Racing. In 15 starts, he earned one top 10.
Gibbs’ replacement in the Xfinity Series is not yet known, nor is JGR’s lineup in the series as a whole for 2023.
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