On Friday, Truex announced that he had signed a one-year contract extension with JGR, ensuring his presence in the No. 19 Toyota until the 2024 season, after the practice and qualifying sessions at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.
Truex, 43, currently leads the regular season standings with three wins so far this season.
Truex went through a similar late-summer decision making process one year ago to return for the 2023 season.
“I completed the task as planned. It didn’t feel appropriate to not return and continue our current efforts,” Truex expressed. “I am thrilled to have accomplished that and look forward to focusing on this year’s goals, as well as the upcoming year.”
“I had a strong inclination to continue moving forward. The further I pondered, the more I realized that it would be unwise to halt now. Instead, I should participate in another year of racing and assess the outcome.”
“I am fully committed to giving my best effort to this job. I am prepared and enthusiastic about the work we are doing. Our collaboration is fantastic, and I have an incredible team. They are accomplishing remarkable things, and I thoroughly enjoy working with them. I am thrilled to continue this positive momentum.”
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Truex has made it evident that his NASCAR future is currently being decided on a yearly basis, considering his career stage.
“He stated that you are simply attempting to fulfill your obligations. Last year occurred in June, while this year took place in August, so it would be reasonable to discuss the matter in October next year.”
Truex, a two-time Xfinity Series champion, joined JGR at the start of the 2019 season.
The experienced driver has achieved 34 wins in the Cup category and has placed lower than second in the overall standings only on two occasions within the past six seasons. Their sole Cup championship was obtained in 2017 while racing for Furniture Row Racing.
Race winner Martin Truex Jr, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry
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Truex mentioned that he has been considering the idea of coming back for a few weeks.
He mentioned that despite continuously contemplating and observing for any alterations, nothing seemed to have changed. Consequently, he made the decision to proceed with the task.
“It’s rather late in the season to place them in a situation where they are left hanging. I believe I prolonged that as much as I could – not intentionally, but it’s simply how circumstances unfolded.”
As part of his agreement, Truex mentioned that his younger sibling, Ryan, will have the opportunity to participate in multiple races in the Xfinity Series alongside one of JGR’s teams in the upcoming year.
“We are seeking sponsorship for a complete year, if feasible,” Martin stated. “That option is being considered. He will be participating on a part-time basis, but it would be fantastic if we could secure a full-time agreement for him.”