By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
23XI Racing has announced that the team will work with Toyota Racing beginning in 2021. Bubba Wallace, the team’s driver, will drive the Toyota when the team launches in February.
Besides the Toyota announcement, 23XI Racing will have an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. Denny Hamlin has been driving for JGR since 2005.
Hamlin will be part owner of then team, as Michael Jordan will serve as the majority owner of the team. Mike Wheeler will serve as the team’s crew chief.
Wheeler was Hamlin’s crew chief from 2016 through 2018. He then departed JGR to join Leavine Family Racing, where he served as crew chief for driver Matt DiBenedetto during the 2019 season.
He has since been promoted to Competition Director with LFR.
“Toyota has been a big part of my NASCAR career,” Hamlin said in a statement. “We’ve achieved multiple milestones together including back-to-back Daytona 500 victories. I know how they support their teams, and when I decided move to team ownership, I knew that I wanted Toyota to be alongside our team.
“Toyota supports my vision with this team and will be integrated with our team members to support us as we grow and strive to achieve race wins and championships.”
Jordan and Hamlin announced in September that they would be owners of a team. The two rich men purchased a charter to begin this new venture.
“My main goal for 23XI Racing is to be competitive for a championship as soon as possible,” said Jordan. “Our partnership with Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing gives us the equipment, resources and expertise to do it.”