Carl Edwards to join JGR in 2015

NASCAR's hottest free agent is off the board.

Carl Edwards was introduced as the newest member of the Joe Gibbs Racing team on Tuesday.

"It means the world to me to have this opportunity and to be a part of this organization," Edwards said. "It'll be nice to finally talk about this."

Rumor linked Edwards to JGR ever since he announced last month that he was ending his ten year partnership with Roush Fenway Racing.

Edwards will drive the No. 19 Toyota next season. It's the fourth piece to an impressive lineup that already includes Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth.

Edwards won the Nationwide Series in 2007 and was the runner-up in the Sprint Cup Chase in 2011, finishing behind champion Tony Stewart. Edwards has 23 Sprint Cup wins since 2005, the fifth-most in the sport.

"For 10 years, I've worked as hard as I can...everyone has worked as hard as they can to go win championships," Edwards said. "And that is my goal. I felt like, at this time in my life and career, a change might be something that would let me reach that goal."

Roush Fenway Racing does not plan an immediate plan to fill the open spot left by Edwards. RFR announced that Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne will compose its 2015 lineup.

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