23XI Racing’s Crew Chief Mike Wheeler shared his opinions on his team’s performance on the Daytona Road Course.
After months of hype about the new team partnered by NBA legend Michael Jordan and veteran Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin, 23XI Racing is finally in action and has completed two races in the 2021 Cup Series season.
Additionally, with Bubba Wallace on board as a driver, the team has laid high expectations for this season and more so for the seasons to come.
However, after two races into the season, the team has not been very good in terms of performance. Wallace could only finish as high as 17 in Daytona 500 and in the Daytona Road Course, he was worse than his first performance, registering a 26th place finish.
The team’s Crew Chief Wheeler is however optimistic that it is a part of the learning process for the team. He said:
“It was a reality check. We knew at some point we’d have hiccups. It’s part of the growing pains we’ll go through.”
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— 23XI Racing (@23XIRacing) February 22, 2021
As a new team with a driver who hasn’t won a Cup race in his career, it will be too much to expecting wins from them starting from the beginning. With almost all the season left to play for, better finishes will surely follow for the team. But they will need to show a lot more than what we have seen until now if they want to compete for wins in their debut season.