With Kyle Busch Motorsports at Chevrolet for 2023, how does Toyota’s most successful NASCAR franchise recreate a scale of development?
With the announcement that Kyle Busch will not be returning to Joe Gibbs Racing, the question has arisen as to who Coach Gibbs will name as the one to continue the legacy of flagship #18 as Kyle BuschBobby Labonte and Dale Jarrett had done it before.
If Joe Gibbs Racing’s historic trends were to continue in this scenario, the championship-winning franchise would look firmly to the fountain of youth rather than the veteran experience to present a long-term strategy for its potential athletes and sponsors.
At the same time, it also begs the question of how the future of development athletes at JGR will evolve, as KBM’s equipment and development athletes will more than likely follow the ruling Chevrolet owner.
As a result, JGR will most likely have to go back to square one and build a whole new ladder of development from scratch. One that offers a clear path for factory-backed stock-car athletes, in the same way Joe Gibbs referred to Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suarez, Erik Jonesand Ty Gibbs everything before.
Early on, it gave Gibbs the opportunity to adapt and pitch his team as an opportunity franchise. An opportunity that changes the way owners and fans viewed particular riders elevated over others. That of adaptation. A showcase of pure talent when presented with an opportunity in a competitive outfit.
With brandon jones also shifting to Chevrolet power at JR Motorsports for 2023 and beyond, if trends were to continue for Ty Gibbs and 2024, it begs the question of whether JGR will play for John Hunter Nemechek before signing at Chevrolet.
If 2023 is, indeed, Martin Truex Jr.’s farewell tour in #19 for JGR, then one would expect Ty Gibbs to take over and lead the team into the future. success in stock car racing.
So how would Joe Gibbs Racing go through a recruiting process for the future as Toyota’s most statistically successful franchise in its 18-year history of competing in stock racing? cars?
The rules of this research are simple. A showcase of fresh-faced riders who haven’t yet had the opportunity to access competition gear.
It all comes down to contracts.
Being adaptive and looking deep into this fountain of youth, now is the time to introduce the individuals that one might deem worthy of seizing this opportunity and running with it.
Without further ado, these are three individuals I am pleading my case with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Toni Bredinger – Hailing from Hillsborough, Calif., the 23-year-old currently holds 19 USAC wins, 74% of them on asphalt facilities.
She began her career competing in karts at age 9 before making her USAC debut, where she placed second overall in the 2014 and 2015 Western US Pavement Midget Series campaigns. ‘USAC en route to the series championship in 2016.
Driving for DLP Motorsports in the 2020 Carolina Pro Late Model Series, Bredinger placed 4th overall, scoring 697 points and averaging 7th.
She signed with Venturini Motorsports in 2018, where she competed part-time in the ARCA Menards series in 2018 and 2021.
She currently competes full-time for Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Menards series, where she currently ranks 5th overall with an average of 12th.
One could look at his background and see the comparisons to what Coach Gibbs likely saw in Tony Stewart, Jason Leffler and JJ Yeley due to their respective USAC backgrounds.
“I knew professional racing was something I wanted to pursue after spending time go-karting. said Breidinger. “There’s no feeling like you get behind the wheel on a track. My time in karting has inspired me to keep going and try something new and see where I fit in the better on the track. I’ve had such great experiences with midgets and late models, and it all underscored how important this sport is to me.
“When I’m not on the track, I’m usually training, whether it’s (simulation) training or training. I really push myself to be the best I can be and focus on where and how I can improve.
His career goal is to eventually succeed in the NASCAR Cup Series.
There is so much potential for this to become a successful formula. From the competitiveness of the equipment, to the competitive nature of the athlete, to the opportunities to sponsor a local hero (Hillsborough being 17 miles south of San Francisco), it’s all here.
As a Toyota contract driver, what does JGR ultimately have to lose by signing her as the new face of the #18 Toyota in the NASCAR Xfinity Series?!
Kaylee Bryson – At only 21 years old, this native of Muskogee, Oklahoma is currently competing in USAC.
Bryson placed 3rd overall in the Restricted Class A in the 2015 Micros National Series and was victorious at the Tulsa Shootout the same year.
She placed 8th overall in the 2021 Lucas Oil National Midget League, 16th overall in the 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, and 18th overall in the 36th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals, stealing the featured in the process.
With sponsorship behind it in Yahoo, Curb Records, and JBL Speakers (to name a few), a development deal with humble beginnings in the ARCA Menards series combined with the perfect chemistry of competitor success and team leader would be a winning formula in scaling up from concept to completion.
She just needs to be presented with this opportunity to grow.
Being a competitor who would be seen building a micro-sprint chassis if not inside an iRacing simulator, the determination to win is in her blood.
“I started running around the age of 9 and we started with the sole purpose of having fun, the passion grew in me and I had a strong desire to win. Running was the only thing that kept me going. was on my mind from a very young age and I knew I wanted to do it for the rest of my life.
“I want to excel in racing, no matter what series I’m running at the time. To improve with each race and to be at the top of the list of competitors… I want to find a career for life doing what I love with the help of Toyota Racing.
Isabelle Robusto – At just 17 years old, this Toyota development driver lives and breathes racing. If they weren’t on the track, they would be training to some degree.
“I knew from the first time I got in a kart at age 4 (that I wanted to pursue a career as a racing driver).
When Robusto was 13, she competed in the U.S. Legends INEX Division, where she was victorious in the Marquee Battle at Texas Motor Speedway.
So far in 2022, Robusto has competed in 21 events in NASCAR’s weekly Advance Auto Parts series, where it currently boasts a 90% Top 10 finish over the season.
Signing a development deal with this manufacturing-backed contender, this Fort Mill, SC native would be a perfect showcase to work through a team’s development racks from the ground up. Get her started in the ARCA Menards series before rising through the ranks as a collective unit awaiting success.
The future is now. This is an opportunity for Joe Gibbs Racing to step forward into the future and make history. In a sport where the competitiveness of equipment makes or breaks the success rate of the competitor and the team, the aforementioned three have statistics that show why they are worthy of this opportunity in their manufacturer’s development ladder under contract.
With the focus on the trailblazing women of Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick, it’s often forgotten that there are female competitors around the world looking to make a name for themselves in a sport that has no reason to be limited to just one. sex.
What do they have to lose?
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