“Knows How to Have Fun”: Tyler Reddick Picks His Ideal Vacation Partner, and It’s Not Bubba Wallace

Published 01/22/2023, 8:50 AM EST
KANSAS CITY, KS – SEPTEMBER 10: Tyler Reddick (#8 Richard Childress Racing Guaranteed Rate Chevrolet) gets out of his race car after qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 on September 10th, 2022 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas (Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

It is well established that Tyler Reddick is headed for 23XI Racing a year earlier than expected. Following a tumultuous exit from RCR last year, Denny Hamlin‘s co-owned team decided to rope him in early. Given his prowess and potential on the track, there is no doubt that the team could not wait to get their hands on him. The move was made certain after Kurt Busch announced his retirement from full-time racing.

Recently, ahead of the season opener, The Charlotte Hornets basketball team joined forces with 23XI Racing. The main aim was to create a unique game experience for fans.

The event, called the “23XI Racing Crossover Night,” will take place on Friday, January 21st at the Spectrum Center—right around the time when the Hornets play against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Moreover, ahead of the event, Tyler Reddick and Kelly Oubre Jr decided to join in for a Q&A round, where Reddick talked about his preferred vacation partner.


Article continues below this ad


“If I’d Have Lost…”—Michael Jordan’s Latest NASCAR Recruit Reveals a Hilarious Bet That Made a Very Important Decision

16 days ago

What did Tyler Reddick say during the Q&A round?

During the Q&A, the 23XI Racing driver was asked about who would he prefer to take with him on a vacation. It was almost like he had prepared his answer beforehand.

Answering the question, Reddick said, “I feel like I gotta go with Kurt, Kurt Busch. He was a driver that I’m replacing full-time. But Kurt’s been around he’s done a long time. He knows a lot of people. Knows how to have fun. Really enjoys himself. I gotta go with Kurt.”

Tyler Reddick drives a 23XI car during the COTA test


Article continues below this ad

Ahead of the 2023 season starting up, Tyler Reddick, along with a few more drivers, received a headstart. They were recently brought into the Circuit of the Americas at Austin, Texas. However, it was mostly for a Goodyear tire test.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 25: Tyler Reddick, driver of the #8 Lenovo/ThinkEdge Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Trader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on September 25, 2022, in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

During the test, Reddick got the opportunity to drive his new 23XI Racing car for the first time. It could be considered a headstart over his other rivals in a sense. However, unlike most, he is one of the few drivers who just moved into a new team. During the test, Reddick drove the #45 car, which previously belonged to Kurt Busch until last year.


Article continues below this ad

Watch This Story: Bubba Wallace Set to Create History Again as NAACP Nominates His Life Story for Prestigious Award

On the other hand, Reddick’s former ride at RCR was taken around the track by Kyle Busch. This would have been a great opportunity for both drivers to ease into their new respective environments. Hopefully, we would get to see some fantastic performances this year from him.



Srijan Mandal

795 articles

Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog as well, covering NASCAR, F1, F2, W Series, MotoGP, DTM, IndyCar, WRC, and WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Bubba Wallace, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.

Edited By: Nischal Kandpal