23XI Racing is an American racing team that will contend in the NASCAR Cup Series beginning in 2021. It is owned and run by basketball legend Michael Jordan, with Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin. Denny Hamlin owns a minority stake in the team. The group will handle the No. 23 Toyota for Bubba Wallace. The team is in a specialized partnership with JGR.
Jordan and Denny Hamlin declared the arrangement of a team to start in 2021 on September 21, 2020. Jordan will own the majority part with Hamlin as a minority stake owner and Bubba Wallace as the driver.
The group will be racing in each of the 2021 race by buying a charter from Germain Racing. The group’s name, vehicle number, and maker were not uncovered during the announcement.
On October 22nd, the group reported its name, 23XI Racing. It will utilize #23 (Jordan’s number). The group revealed that they will run Toyota with a specialized partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing on October 30th.
23XI Racing will make its NASCAR Cup Series debut at the Daytona 500 on February 14th, 2021, at Daytona International Speedway. The 23XI Racing organization with Toyota incorporates engine and innovation support from Toyota Racing Development and specialized help from the engine maker.
Mike Wheeler will be the Crew Chief of the upcoming NASCAR team. Wheeler was Hamlin’s Crew Chief on the #11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota group for 6 races in 2014 and from 2016 through the 2018 season. In 148 races, Wheeler has 5 wins, 39 Top-5s, and 69 Top-10 completions.