Denny Hamlin said that the plan for 23XI Racing is to build a place for young as well as veteran drivers alike.
After the formation of the team, the owners decided to go for Bubba Wallace as the driver of the one-car team. While Wallace is not a newbie by any means, but he is yet to win a Cup race.
Surely, the team might want to extend their one-car team to multiple cars in the future. Speaking about which and the drivers that they might sign, Hamlin said:
“We’re trying our best to be the team that Toyota feels like they have a place for their young guys to go.
“Or maybe, we go for an established veteran who’s got a great resume.”
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Hamlin also laid out plans for possible expansion in the future. He said that he would like to expand earlier than later for his team.
“I’d like to expand as soon as possible. The quicker we expand, the more resources we will have as a race team to get better. The better people that we can hire.
“Everything gets better, the more information that you can throw into the pot.
“So, when it makes sense for us, is when it financially makes sense for us. It’s about getting a sponsor, and a driver, and a crew chief first. Those three things have all got to line up. Then you’ve got to try and find a charter.”
“There are a lot of obstacles in the way of it happening, but certainly, we feel like we’re active in the space.”
If the team wishes to add young drivers in the future, it will be from the Toyota development department as the team has an alliance with Toyota.
Furthermore, the team expects Wallace to grow into a more accomplished driver along the way.
[Read More: Wallace performance on Daytona Road course a “reality check” for the team – 23XI Racing’s Crew Chief]
37 thoughts on “Denny Hamlin suggests 23XI Racing could sign ‘established veteran’ in the future”
Jimmie Johnson would be a good pick way more liked and talented than Bubba
Jimmie Doesn’t want to run Nascar. He wants to run Indy.
I guess the fact that he hasn’t won a race in the best equipment out there in over 3 years doesnt mean anything. Lol!!!
Jimmie is out because of the money and he isn’t going to drive for less. NASCAR has pushed in the younger talent even to the point of letting some of their cars get overlooked on some things in inspection. The sport has dropped the payout to drivers dramatically…. Its a sad move because now NASCAR is questionable about their honesty to the sport and being fair..
Get rid of no driving bubba and get a real race car driver !
Brad Keselowski is in his last year of his contract I think he’s be a good fit over Matt.
Now your talking, that’s a great idea going with matt
tto would be a good one. he is looking for a ride after this season.
they have all the resources they need joe gibbs racing need a driver
Bring in Carl Edwards. I know very unlikely but he would be a good fit
I’d say they should go after and ask Carl Edwards to come back for a few seasons or partial schedule. On top of that he’s a former Gibbs driver which would work out perfect. Just my opinion.
Switch to Chevrolet or Ford, Fire Bubba. Hire a real good driver not a driver without a chip on his shoulder. Then you will some races
Established doesn’t mean “retired and never coming back.” Labonte, Kenseth and Edwards are ridiculous choices.
I agree 100%
Terry Labonte is in a wheelchair
Richard Petty or Cale Yarbrough maybe David Person. It’s not your fathers NASCAR anymore.
Kurt Busch can be a good one and can bring monster energy along
Hey Denny.. How about a woman Driver like Danica??That would bring a lot more women to the sport and she is a good driver…..
Some of the new up coming younger ladies havd more skill than her
Edwards is your Man.
Absolutely! I love Matty
Sorry,, 3 yrs with No results,,, Time to try something new… The definition of insanity is repeating the same action over an over an expecting different results… Nothing R…B
ubba just cant measure up
Eric Jones, Robbie Gorden, Mcmurry, Kurt Busch is up front every week so I don’t think he would switch, paul menard, pull a vet from busch series.
Matt Kenseth is the obvious driver,talented, smooth, knows the car and great feedback.
Remember peeps…it has to be a Toyota driver due to sponsorship and alliance with Toyota. Some of your ideas for drivers wouldn’t be eligible to drive the #23
Maybe you could hire Danica
Danica has been in first rate equipment and didn’t win. Next….
A veteran that can drive a race car
Burt Kusch!!!!! Frum Vas Legas!!
I would say this, as a new team, run your races with what u have and get experience as u go. But when an opportunity presents itself , don’t ingnore it.. After all, It’s not the end of the journey that’s rewarding, but the journey itself..
Give Ryan Preece some good equipment and see what happens
Ryan Preece seems to be an accomplished driver with a winning record in another division, working for a second tier team with no charter. There’s your driver. Who’s the crew chief?