By David Morgan, Associate Editor
The calendar may only read July 2022, but 23XI Racing is already looking into the future, making a surprise announcement on Tuesday that Tyler Reddick will join the team for the 2024 campaign.
Reddick, a two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion, is in the midst of his third full-time season in the Cup Series with Richard Childress Racing and scored his first Cup win less that two weeks ago at Road America, holding off 2020 series champion Chase Elliott for the victory.
Thus far into the current Cup Series season, Reddick’s resume includes his win from Road America, five top-five finishes, and seven top-10 finishes, as he sits 14th in points.
“I’m thrilled to have the chance to join this team and look forward to how I can contribute to the organization,” said Tyler Reddick. “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.”
In its announcement, 23XI Racing, which currently employs Bubba Wallace and Kurt Busch as its two drivers, noted that the chance to bring Reddick on board was too good of an opportunity to pass up, even this far in advance.
“Tyler is one of the most sought-after young drivers and has been competitive in everything he’s raced,” said team Co-Owner, Denny Hamlin. “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.”
“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,” 23XI Team President, Steve Lauletta added. “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.”
Meanwhile, the move came as a bit of a surprise to Reddick’s current team, with the team putting out a statement on social media noting its commitment to Reddick in his championship battle, but decrying the announcement being made less that two weeks after he had returned the team to Victory Lane.
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