Just days into the New Year and the 2017 racing season is losing one of the most loved drivers in the sport.
According to multiple sports news outlets like USA Today, ESPN, and others, famed NASCAR driver and longtime member of Joe Gibbs Racing Team, Carl Edwards will be confirming his retirement tomorrow during a scheduled press conference.
It is expected that Edwards will walk away from the sport effective immediately and FOX Sports has named his replacement already.
The 37-year-old driver and his shocking decision to not race during the 2017 season comes during the heigh of his career, with many sports analysts baffled at the decision.
While not all information has been confirmed at this point, the source of the initial report has proven to be highly credible, and moments after the news story broke, Edwards’ team called for two separate press conferences. Likely, one will announce Edwards’ departure, and the other bring his replacement into the fold.
Edwards has been a part of NASCAR for 13 years and at the peak of his career with tremendous performance under his belt, the move comes as a shock to many, but his motives behind leaving the sport (at least for one season) won’t really be clear until Wednesday’s (Jan 11th) press conference.
Watch USA Today and ESPN’s reports on Edwards’ departure below.
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