Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 23XI Racing co-owner Denny Hamlin was asked about the team’s plans to expand to a two car operation next season:
Where is 23XI Racing in terms of a second car for 2022?
“Still working on some things. Obviously, there‘s a lot of moving pieces that has to go into it. I think we‘re still progressing. Just don‘t have a timetable for it.”
If you have a second car next year, is there a certain type of driver you‘re targeting?
“A good one.”
Do you feel you need a second driver with more experience?
“I don‘t know. I think that I‘m teammates with Bubba (Wallace) so he‘s already got that. I don‘t think that we necessarily have to have that because he‘s got me, Martin (Truex Jr.) and Kyle (Busch) that work very, very close with him. We‘re in the same meetings. I don‘t know if there‘s a benefit or detriment either way, but certainly I look at a lot of different things when it comes to who a prospective person could be.”
Saturday afternoon, The Athletic reported that the team will add a second car and Kurt Busch is the leading candidate to drive it. Busch’s contact with Chip Ganassi Racing expires at the end of the year.