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I am committed to winning. That’s my competitive nature. That’s always been who I am.
NBA legend Michael Jordan and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin partnered to launch 23XI – pronounced twenty-three eleven – Racing in the fall of 2020 with rising NASCAR star Bubba Wallace as the single car team’s driver. 23XI Racing made its NASCAR Cup Series official debut at the Daytona 500 on February 14, 2021 and won it's first race on Oct. 4, 2021 at Talladega Superspeedway. For 2022, the team expanded to two cars, adding Kurt Busch as driver of the No. 45 Toyota Camry.
I have very good faith that Bubba is going to have everything that he needs to be capable of winning, and I think he’s got the talent to do it.
Bubba Wallace burst onto the national spotlight in 2020 as the social justice movement swept across America and Bubba took a stand in his sport. Bubba has been breaking barriers since he entered the sport of NASCAR and he did again in 2021 when he became the first African-American driver in over 50 years to win a NASCAR Cup Series race. For 2022, former NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kurt Busch joined 23XI to drive the No. 45 car, bringing with him veteran leadership to help guide the team's expansion to multiple cars. Following a concussion, young upstart driver Ty Gibbs has filled in for Busch to finish out the season.
The 23XI Racing partnership with Toyota Motor North America includes support from Toyota Racing Development, U.S.A., who will build the team's engines and provide technology, data and technical assistance. Since entering the NASCAR Cup Series in 2007, Toyota has won three NASCAR Cup Series Championships.