Many sources said that Carl Edwards will take a break from racing this year to focus on other things.
In a press conference that will take place this Wednesday, Joe Gibbs Racing will announce Edwards’ replacement, Daniel Suarez.
Suarez is the champion of NASCAR’s XFINITY series. In the Toyota series he will be number 18.
No one wanted to say anything about his departure, including his representatives.
Edwards scored many successes in his career. In 2004, he replaced Jeff Burton in the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford and stayed there until 2015, when he moved to Joe Gibbs Racing.
He has 28 victories and 124 top fives. Although he is one of the most talented driver of his generation, he never won the NASCAR Premier Series championship. In 2008, after nine victories, everybody thought he was going to win, but after suffering a crash he had to be second after Jimmie Johnson.
In 2011, he almost won, but his rival, Tony Stewart, had more victories in the season.
Last year, in November, he was about to win not only the championship, but the final race too. Unfortunately, he crashed with Joey Logano.
His 2016 was pretty good after all, his points brought him the fourth spot. The points brought his name for the sixth time in the top five points after playing twelve seasons.
The news of his departure are surprising for some of his fans, but for some not, as he has been very private throughout his career. He likes to keep his life out of the spotlight, he does not have a Twitter account.