“We’re Still Progressing” – Denny Hamlin on the Possibility of Fielding a Second 23XI Car

Published 06/05/2021, 11:09 AM EDT
May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) and Denny Hamlin (11) race in front of William Bryon (24) during the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


When the 2021 Cup Series season began, the Denny Hamlin-co-owned 23XI Racing made its NASCAR debut. The outfit also recruited Bubba Wallace to race in the #23 car. Now, Hamlin recently spoke about the possibility of fielding a second car. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver noted that his own team is still working on a number of things.

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He said, “Lot of bits and pieces that have to go into it. I think we’re still progressing. I’m teammates with Bubba [Wallace], he’s already got that. He’s already got me, Martin, Kyle, we’re all pretty close and we’re all in the same meetings. I don’t know if there’s a benefit or a detriment. Either way, I look at a lot of different things when it comes to the respective person.”

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What else did Denny Hamlin say on the matter?

He also said that the 23XI Racing team has to take a risk when fielding a second car. However, he also knows that taking a charter is expensive. Denny Hamlin also observed that charters could be held hostage because people could try and drive the prices up. Additionally, there could be a number of business model changes by 2024.

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Apr 18, 2021; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) races NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) during the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Owing to this, Hamlin is wondering whether he should invest in a charter at the moment. This is because it would take him years to earn that amount of money back. As a result, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver wants to adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach. For now though, he is not interested in getting a charter.

This means that the outfit will operate as a one-car team. Bubba Wallace seems to be doing a stellar job for the outfit in its first season in the Cup Series. So far, he has had a best finish of 11th at Dover. Meanwhile, Denny Hamlin is still clinging to the championship lead by his fingernails, despite not winning a single race.

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