Michael ‘Air’ Jordan’s fortune is over $ 1 billion. There’s nothing in the world you can’t afford – and now you’ve decided to set up a race stable to give way to your childhood passion. The story began back in September when they started jokingly with active car racer Denny Hamlin about how to make a team of their own. And it happened.
At first, all we knew was that the team’s driver would be Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s current only and historically one of the most successful African American riders. Then it turned out that the team’s name would be 23XI – of which 23 was Jordan’s inherited jersey number and 11 was Hamlin’s regular start number. Meanwhile, a professional partner has also been found in the person of Joe Gibbs Racing, who are not only Hamlin’s breadwinner owners, but also the largest Toyota stable in the series (they run four of the five cars starting in the league).
From here, it was no longer a big surprise with the weekend’s announcement that Michael Jordan’s team could start NASCAR’s sixth Toyota Camry. Full technical support is provided to them by Toyota Racing Development.
The piquancy of the situation is that Hamlin will continue to race in the colors of Joe Gibbs Racing, so in principle he will be a competitor to his own team, but NASCAR rules allow for this situation in Faramuc. Anyway, Toyota is urging its contracted teams to develop a collaborative, supportive relationship with each other, sharing their experience and technical know-how so that they can all benefit from the improvements.
On February 21, 2021, in the first race of the new season, Daytona 500, 23XI Racing will start Bubba Wallace and Camry No. 23 for the first time.