According to, Carl Edwards, the back-flipping NASCAR Cup racer, has officially announced he will be retiring from the sport. His announcement came during a press conference with his team, Joe Gibbs Racing, and confirms recent rumors of his departure. His retirement takes effect immediately, and he will not race during the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Joe Gibbs said in a press conference that he admires Edwards' ability to walk away at the peak of his career, rather than more typical situation in which the team has to tell the driver it's time to call it quits. reports that Edwards is retiring in order to concentrate on other parts of his life. Edwards also expressed gratitude that he is leaving NASCAR "fully healthy." Edwards, had many successful seasons, including two in which he finished in second place, but he never managed to take home a NASCAR Cup championship. However, according to, not winning a championship isn't weighing on Edwards, who said he appreciated racing for the thrill of the speed and the competition rather than just winning.

Taking over the number 19 Toyota Camry will be Daniel Suarez, a driver originally from Mexico, who won last year's Xfinity series championship. He said during a press conference that he first got the news he would be competing in the NASCAR Cup while having lunch with his girlfriend and parents. After getting off the phone, he said he could only answer them with an enormous grin because he wasn't allowed to say anything until the conference today.

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