Healthy Carl Edwards ready to pursue interests outside of NASCAR
Having fulfilled his professional goals, Edwards is surprisingly walking away from NASCAR.
Joe Gibbs was in a meeting shortly before Christmas when he was informed Carl Edwards had unexpectedly stopped by Joe Gibbs Racing’s headquarters hoping to speak with his team owner one-on-one.
The three-time Super Bowl-winning head coach and four-time Cup Series championship car owner thought his driver just wanted to say hi before the holidays and wish him well. Instead, Edwards had a far different message he wanted to tell Gibbs. After 13 years in NASCAR’s premier division, Edwards had decided to walk away and will not race in 2017 and perhaps beyond.
Naturally, Gibbs was surprised by Edwards’ decision. After all, the 37-year-old driver was in the prime of his career, coming off a season where he nearly won a first-ever championship and was well positioned to continue being a contender for years to come.
“When I walked into his office and said, ‘Hey, Coach, this is something that’s important to me. Is this possible?’” Edwards said during a news conference Wednesday. “… He said, ‘I admire you for being able to make a decision like this, and I’m going to go to work for you.’ That’s the type Click for Full Story