HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — With Matt Tifft continuing his rehabilitation from recent brain surgery for removal of a low-grade glioma, Joe Gibbs Racing announced Tuesday that Indiana native Dakoda Armstrong will pilot the No. 18 Toyota with support from his sponsor, Winfield, this weekend at Iowa Speedway.
Armstrong is an XFINITY Series regular with five years of competition under his belt. In that time, he has raced in 91 events and recorded four top-10 finishes, one pole and 12 laps led.
Armstrong has spent this season racing for JGL Racing in the N0. 28 Toyota.
“I am very excited for this opportunity to race with Joe Gibbs Racing. I want to thank Matt Tifft and his family for all of their help. I hate that I am getting this opportunity at the expense of another driver being out of the car – but hopefully Matt will continue with his speedy recovery and get back behind the wheel soon,” Armstrong said. “I am glad I get this opportunity at Iowa Speedway as it is one of my favorite tracks. I’m also hopeful this opportunity helps my JGL Racing team and me as we continue to grow and make progress with our program.”
“We have a great relationship with Joe Gibbs Racing as we utilize their engines and pit crew for our No. 28 Winfield Toyota. I look forward to having a great race on Saturday night with the No. 18 Toyota and learning a lot with it. I want to thank all of my sponsors, my JGL Racing team and Joe Gibbs Racing for all working together and giving me this opportunity.”
The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 team recently visited a simulator for computer-monitored in-car time with Armstrong, who felt good about his time learning the No. 18 Toyota Camry and getting to know crew chief Chris Gayle and his JGR teammates.