Tyler Reddick will officially join 23XI Racing in the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season, team co-owner Denny Hamlin confirmed on Tuesday.
Reddick secured his first career Cup Series victory with his first Richard Childress in July at Road America.
The move came as a surprise to many, particularly Reddick’s current team RCR. The team didn’t seem too pleased about the announcement on Tuesday based on their response statement stating that “timing of this announcement could not be any worse.”
“We’re proud of the success Tyler Reddick has found at Richard Childress Racing. We’re focused on winning a championship in 2022 and 2023, although timing of this announcement could not be any worse.”
— RCR (@RCRracing) July 12, 2022
The 26-year-old driver still has one year left driving for RCR, a potentially uneasy situation the team expressed in a tweet.
Reddick said his decision should not have been a “total shock” to team owner Richard Childress.
“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 Racing president Steve Laluta said
The theater of Denny Hamlin announcing Tyler Reddick joining 23XI in 2024.
First Tyler's name appeared on the screen asking to join the media video conference. Then came the Colinsworth Slide.
Well done. pic.twitter.com/N7eTilPhKC
— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverRA) July 12, 2022
Tyler Reddick is a two-time Xfinity champion. He won the series crown in 2018 with JR Motorsports and i2019 with Richard Childress Racing.