Joe Gibbs Racing Opens Online Treasure Chest for NASCAR and NHRA Collectors

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Joe Gibbs Racing partners with online collectibles auction website GoMotorBids.com to offer race fans and collectors the chance to bid on one-of-a-kind racing memorabilia.

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is giving NASCAR and NHRA fans a chance to own pieces of racing history and rare collectibles that have never before been made available to the general public, while helping various charitable organizations in the process.

JGR has teamed with the online collectibles auction website GoMotorBids.com to auction one-of-a-kind pieces of race-used memorabilia as well as ultra-rare pre-production prototypes and samples of diecast collectibles. A portion of the proceeds will benefit charities of Joe Gibbs Racing and its drivers.

JGR owns and operates three teams in both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and the NASCAR Busch Series with a driver lineup that includes two-time and reigning Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart and rookies Denny Hamlin and J.J. Yeley. Collectors will now be able to bid on the ultimate collectibles for these drivers, as well as drivers and teams from JGR’s storied past, such as 2000 NASCAR Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte, various JGR entries in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Busch Series, plus the NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car teams campaigned by JGR in the 1990s.

Some of these items have been warehoused within JGR for more than a decade, but now the vault has been opened to race fans and collectors who are clamoring for authentic race-used driver uniforms, crew uniforms, helmets, race car sheet metal, artwork and one-off prototypes of diecast collectibles that are truly unique and highly valuable.

Dave Alpern, vice president of marketing for JGR, said, “We are pleased to now be partnered with GoMotorBids.com. What excited us was the opportunity to raise money for charitable causes, while offering our fans legitimate collectibles from a trusted source.”

As with every auction on GoMotorBids.com, the JGR items will all start with a bid of $1 and have no reserve prices, assuring that the highest bidder wins. This “no reserve policy” is quite contrary to industry standards, where many online sellers try and protect high-profile items with reserve prices or high starting bids. However, that technique is not practiced by GoMotorBids.com, as illustrated by The Home Depot uniform worn by Stewart that GoMotorBids.com auctioned for more than $20,000 to benefit the Jeff Gordon Foundation.

“We couldn’t be happier about opening the Joe Gibbs Racing Online Auction House,” said GoMotorBids.com president Patrick Rainey. “JGR is known as an organization with a lot of integrity in everything they do, so we’re honored they chose us as an outlet for their race-used items and collectible prototypes. Plus it’s great for the collectors, as they get the opportunity to add something to their collection that very few people ever get the chance to own. ”

The Joe Gibbs Racing Online Auction house officially went live on April 23, 2006. With this, JGR joins Jeff Gordon, Inc. to become the second high-profile NASCAR organization to partner with GoMotorBids.com in auctioning their unique items. For more information or to view the first batch of items up for auction, visit the homepage at http://www.GoMotorBids.com.

About Joe Gibbs Racing:

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is one of the premier organizations in NASCAR, currently fielding three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams, two NASCAR Busch Series teams and a NASCAR Weekly Racing Series team.

Its driver lineup consists of Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin and J.J. Yeley in Nextel Cup, Hamlin and Yeley in Busch, and Marc Davis in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. Development drivers also under contract to JGR are Aric Almirola in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, along with Woody Howard and Joey Logano, both of whom compete in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series.

In partnership with the late Reggie White, a Hall of Fame defensive end who played in the National Football League, JGR formed the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series team as part of its diversity program with Marc Davis. It is a grassroots stock car team that identifies and assists minorities with the desire and talent to make a career in motorsports.

Based in Huntersville, N.C., and owned by Joe Gibbs -- a three-time Super Bowl-winning coach, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and current coach of the Washington Redskins -- JGR has competed in NASCAR since 1992, winning three Cup Series championships and over 50 NASCAR races, including two Brickyard 400s and the 1993 Daytona 500.

About GoMotorBids.com:

GoMotorbids.com is an online auction house that specializes only in automotive and racing collectibles and memorabilia. Their anti-fraud and bidder-protection policies have made them a trusted source amongst collectors.

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