FedEx announced its extension with Joe Gibbs Racing to serve as the sponsor of the #11 Toyota with driver Denny Hamlin in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
"FedEx has been synonymous with the #11 car and Denny Hamlin for many years, and together we have enjoyed great successes on and off the race track," said Patrick Fitzgerald, senior vice president, FedEx Integrated and Marketing Communications. "The FedEx Racing program provides the unique opportunity for us to engage our team members and customers, as well as make a positive impact in the community. We are proud to extend this relationship with Coach Gibbs and the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization."
This year, the company is tying the performance of the #11 FedEx Toyota on the track to its efforts to improve road safety through a new program, Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares, by donating $111 for each lap Hamlin leads and $11,000 for each race victory to Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit working to protect kids on the road, at home and at play. Making roads safer for children is a key initiative under the company's global giving platform FedEx Cares. FedEx will also contribute $111,000 to Safe Kids if the #11 team wins the 2017 NASCAR championship.
Hamlin is a 29-time race winner at NASCAR's highest level, including the 2016 Daytona 500, and has made the sport's playoffs in 10 of his 11 full-time Cup Series seasons. The Richmond, Va.-native has amassed 196 top-10 finishes in 398 career starts.
"FedEx has been with me for my entire career, and I'm honored to have them continue as the sponsor of the #11 team," said Hamlin, who finished sixth in the 2016 NASCAR standings. "As a racer, you only dream of an opportunity to compete for wins and championships at the highest level, and I have been fortunate to do that with FedEx and JGR for more than a decade."
The sponsorship began when the #11 team was formed at the start of the 2005 season as Joe Gibbs Racing expanded to a third car. Since then, the iconic FedEx brand has been a mainstay on the race track and in the NASCAR garage, and it is currently one of the longest-tenured sponsor, team and driver combinations in the sport.
"FedEx has been essential to the growth and stability of Joe Gibbs Racing through the years," said team owner Joe Gibbs. "They are the standard-bearer for how a company's involvement in NASCAR can meet and exceed business objectives through commitment to success in all facets of the relationship."