Mike Wheeler

Mike Wheeler: Career

Mike Wheeler is an American NASCAR crew chief who currently works for 23XI Racing as the crew chief for Bubba Wallace's No. 23 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Cup Series.

FONTANA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 29: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet, stands by his car before qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Mike Wheeler worked for Joe Gibbs Racing from 2005 to 2018 as a designer and a team boss in both the Cup and Xfinity Series. He moved over to the JGR-adjusted Leavine Family Racing for the following two years, filling in as a group boss in 2019 and afterward as the group's chief for 2020.

CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - SEPTEMBER 28: #11: Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry FedEx Freight and Michael Wheeler during the Charlotte II at Charlotte Motor Speedway on September 28, 2018 in Charlotte Motor Speedway, United States of America. (Photo by Nigel Kinrade / NKP / LAT Images)

Mike Wheeler turned into the No. 11 group's engineer in 2005 with Jason Leffler. However, when Leffler left JGR, he remained in the group with new driver Hamlin until the finish of 2015.

His first-team boss experience came in the Cup Series with Hamlin in 2014. He got the opportunity when group boss Darian Grubb was suspended six races for vehicle infringement. Wheeler guided Hamlin to three top tens and a main five out of six races.


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Wheeler was made team head of Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 20 Xfinity Series before the beginning of the 2015 season. Wheeler scored nine pole positions, four successes, one with Erik Jones and three with Hamlin.

Subsequent to driving Hamlin and the No. 11 group for a very long time, it was uncovered in November 2018 that Wheeler would move to Leavine Family Racing for the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series to be team boss for the association's No. 95 car, driven by Matt DiBenedetto.

On September 24, 2019, Leavine Family Racing declared that Wheeler would be elevated to be the director for the group in 2020 while Jason Ratcliff would supplant him as the team head of the No. 95, presently driven by Christopher Bell.


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Age42 Years
ResidenceHuntersville, North Carolina
Team23XI Racing
BirthdayNovember 4, 1978