Carl Edwards is expected to announce his retirement from NASCAR racing at a press conference Wednesday morning, according to multiple reports. Joe Gibbs Racing prodigy Suarez will take over the team's No. 19 Toyota and race for Rookie of the Year honors in 2017. Edwards has been in the NASCAR sries since 2004 and his active stats are: 28 race victories, 22 poles, 124 top fives and 220 top 10s in 445 starts.
An announcement is scheduled for Wednesday at Joe Gibbs Racing.
Neither Fox Sports nor NBC Sports has a role planned for Edwards in 2017, although he has done analyst work on a semi-regular basis the last several years.
The move will undoubtedly stun the racing world, as Edwards has been in the prime of his career and almost won the championship last season.
No reason was given for his decision, but Edwards has been known as a family-focused driver who cares deeply about his private life.
Edwards came oh-so-close to winning his first Cup championship in November's season finale. After the accident, a disappointed Edwards walked slowly from where his auto was stopped in Turn 1 to Logano's pit stall where he absolved Logano of any wrongdoing and wished Logano's team luck. Edwards's career highlights were his second-place finishes in the 2008 and 2011 Sprint Series championships.
His back story has always been one of local-driver-makes-it-big.
That's just one of several near misses in his title chase.