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Tyler Reddick Joining 23XI Starting in 2024

Tyler Reddick will join 23XI Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series starting in 2024, 23XI announced July 12.

Further details of the move — including car number — have not yet been announced.

The release also did not specify if Reddick will drive one of the team’s two existing cars or if he will be in a brand-new ride within the organization.

“Tyler is one of the most sought-after young drivers and has been competitive in everything he’s raced,” team co-owner Denny Hamlin said in a team release. “His work on the track speaks for itself and he will make a fantastic addition to our lineup in 2024. The team has seen a lot of growth since our first race and signing Tyler is a great next step for us to remain competitive for years to come.”

“I’m thrilled to have the chance to join this team and look forward to how I can contribute to the organization,” Reddick added. “23XI has accomplished a lot in the less than two full seasons they’ve been in the garage, and I can’t wait to be a part of that continued success. Until then, my focus remains on my current team, winning races and being competitive.”

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23XI currently fields the Nos. 23 and 45 in the series for Bubba Wallace and Kurt Busch, respectively. When Busch was signed to the team, it was said to be a multi-year contract, though the length has not been specified. Wallace’s contract length is also not known.

“Announcing a driver over a year before he will be racing with 23XI is a little unprecedented, but Tyler was the driver we wanted and we did not want to miss the opportunity to bring him to our team,” Steve Lauletta, 23XI president, said. “In making the announcement now the team has ample time to prepare for 2024 on the business side as we expect interest from potential partners and continue to see strong engagement from our current partners.”

Reddick’s current team, Richard Childress Racing, exercised his contract option earlier this month, keeping him with the organization through 2023. In 93 starts with the team, mostly in its No. 8, since 2019, Reddick has one win, coming at Road America earlier this month, plus 11 top fives and 33 top 10s.

RCR later tweeted a statement about the move. “We’re proud of the success Tyler Reddick has found at Richard Childress Racing,” RCR said via a tweet. “We’re focused on winning a championship in 2022 and 2023, although timing of this announcement could not be any worse.”

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janice

be interesting to see if it’s a third team or he’s a replacement for someone.

Carl D.

I don’t see Kurt Busch in that #45 seat in 2024. I figured Denny would eventually wind up there, but now I doubt it.

DoninAjax

Denny’s too smart for that. He knows who butters his bread. At least until he puts on his helmet.

Tom B

Denny will do what Dale Sr did.

Jeremy

Kurt should go run Indycar and the SRX series in 2024.

Bill B

I agree. I would say the hidden message in all of this is that Kurt Busch will be driving in 2023 and then retiring, when Reddick will take over45. Remember, Hamlin just said several weeks ago that they will not start a third team with the current revenue sharing situation between NASCAR the teams. Or did something change and I didn’t hear about it?

Marc

There were reports in the past few days that NASCAR would be looking into a change in the allocation of TV revenue in the new agreements with the word “fair” used to refer to the new distribution and something like “we are not going to negotiate in the media.” I’m sure it was reported here and/or Jayski but all I could find quickly was this: https://www.essentiallysports.com/nascar-news-nascar-president-steve-phelps-suggests-a-twofold-approach-to-please-teams-and-networks-in-next-tv-deal/

Bill B

Somewhat ambiguous but at least the issue was acknowledged. I doubt whatever NASCAR offers will make everything right.

DoninAjax

Maybe there will be two new drivers in 2024.

Echo

Bubba draws sponsors now because he’s a token, just like Danica was. As long as the money is good, they keep bubba. Didn’t you see NBC shoving bubba down our throat Sunday.

DoninAjax

How much longer will Bubba’s money be alive? It’s all about ROI.

Echo

True about ROI, but there’s a lot of rappers with tons of money and little sense.

DoninAjax

But they have to survive!

eddo

this makes me sad, as I was hoping Reddick could be the resurgence of RCR. Now that apparently falls back on the Dillion brothers. :(

Bill B

The question is, will Ty Dillon have an opportunity to fill the seat at all? He hasn’t up to this point.

Jill P

There are a lot of drivers who would be great candidates to fill the seat with all the ones they have in-house and connections to in Xfinity.

Bobby DK

Things we know. Bubba is all PR, Reddick is a bundle of young talent, Kurt has lots of talent but long in the tooth and Denny is a doorknob that might not attract a lot of sponsorship money if he drove for his own team. I’d say the Reddick deal is great.

John

Time to dump the underperforming Wallace for a much better driver. Wallace is all talk and no show.

Bill B

Agree but he won’t be dumped because.

WJW Motorsports

Correct – they won’t feel they can dump him until Jesse Iwuji is ready to fill the seat. Just kidding of course – but it is interesting to see what is happening with Iwuji. Well recognized as having no business out there and posing a danger to the other drivers – yet NASCAR is letting Weatherman qualify the car multiple times to ensure they make the race – and Iwuji shakily pilots it on Saturday. Wonder why they would allow something like that (with dripping sarcasm) to go on?

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