23XI Racing announced on Friday evening that 2017 Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch has signed a deal with the organization to drive the No. 45 Monster Energy TRD Camry starting in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season.
Busch who currently drives for CGR, will leave the organization following a 3 year spell. CGR sold to Trackhouse Racing. Which fields a car for Daniel Suarez, will have cars for Suarez and Busch’s current CGR teammate Ross Chastain in 2022.
We got our guy.
— 23XI Racing (@23XIRacing) August 27, 2021
Team owner Denny Hamlin gives his views on hiring Kurt Busch for next season: “Kurt brings a wealth of knowledge and a championship mindset to our team, and will be able to help us grow stronger and more competitive each and every week.”
Denny Hamlin on hiring Kurt Busch for next season: "Kurt brings a wealth of knowledge and a championship mindset to our team, and will be able to help us grow stronger and more competitive each and every week.”
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) August 27, 2021
23XI Racing hasn’t said if it will have a charter for Kurt Busch ride in 2022. A charter is a guaranteed entry into every NASCAR race and guarantees a team a bigger share of NASCAR purse money. However, 23XI would have to purchase a charter from an existing team if it wants to buy one for Busch.