Sports

Joe Gibbs calls son J.D. his 'hero' and says doctors have few answers on his condition

Nascar team owner Joe Gibbs, addresses the media about the condition of his son J.D. Gibbs in the media center prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, March 29, 2015. Joe Gibbs Racing President J.D. Gibbs is undergoing treatment for "symptoms impacting areas of brain function," which likely stem from a head injury suffered earlier in life. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Nascar team owner Joe Gibbs, addresses the media about the condition of his son J.D. Gibbs in the media center prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, March 29, 2015. Joe Gibbs Racing President J.D. Gibbs is undergoing treatment for "symptoms impacting areas of brain function," which likely stem from a head injury suffered earlier in life. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  (The Associated Press)

Joe Gibbs says his son, J.D., is his hero and the most courageous person he's ever been around.

Joe Gibbs Racing announced this week the younger Gibbs, who is the team president, is undergoing treatment for "symptoms impacting areas of brain function." Joe Gibbs says the family has known of the diagnosis for about six months and "medically, there are very few answers."

He says 46-year-old J.D. is pursuing treatment and may not be as visible with the team as a result.

Gibbs' statement at Martinsville Speedway lasted more than five minutes. He did not take questions.

Gibbs says what the doctors have said so far is "they just really don't know." The team has said symptoms began with "speech and processing issues."