Postponed due to the pandemic, Denny Hamlin, along with crew chief Chris Gabehart and Coy Gibbs, who was representing his dad, Joe Gibbs, were honored February 11th for winning the 2020 Great American Race. As a result of several factors from a challenging 2020, the presentation was delayed until Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile presented the trio with traditional gifts that are annually awarded to the Champion team of the Daytona 500.
Each received their customary Daytona 500 Champion rings and black leather jackets, while Gabehart was awarded the Cannonball Baker Trophy as the Champion crew chief. Hamlin, meanwhile, claimed his third Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona watch, and also posed with his concrete “squish” that features his handprints and footprint that will have a permanent place on the Champion’s Sidewalk in front of the track’s Ticket and Tours building.
“It’s great to finally come back and get these incredible gifts, all that are so important to me,” said Hamlin. “I have all my jackets lined up in my closet so I can see them, and my rings are in a special place also.”