November 29, 2021

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Did 23XI Racing make a crucial mistake?

23XI Racing have yet to verify anything at all about the potential buy of a second charter for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Sequence season inspite of confirming the two a second automobile and a next driver.

Even in advance of earning their NASCAR Cup Series debut at Daytona International Speedway this previous February, 23XI Racing had been looking to broaden from just one automobile to two for future calendar year.

Group co-owner Denny Hamlin stated that he wished growth to happen as quickly as possible, in the sort of bringing in either a veteran or a young Toyota driver to pair with Bubba Wallace at the rear of the wheel of the #23 Toyota for the 2022 season.

In the course of substantially of the 2021 period, the significant concern had not been no matter if or not growth would transpire, but from where by the Hamlin and Michael Jordan-owned crew would be capable to purchase a next charter and if that would be doable right before future season.

Even a opportunity 2nd driver didn’t feel to be significantly in problem right after it was rumored quite early on that Kurt Busch was the team’s primary goal.

As envisioned, the group confirmed growth in August, announcing that Busch is set to be a part of Wallace future year guiding the wheel of the #45 Toyota.

But what wasn’t declared? Anything at all having to do with a charter.

What continue to hasn’t been declared? Anything owning to do with a constitution.

So that prospects to a bigger query: presented the significant incentives to run two chartered entries as opposed to a solitary chartered entry and a non-chartered entry, have 23XI Racing produced an error by what could be found as dashing the announcement of their second vehicle and driver?

To place things in viewpoint, JTG Daugherty Racing operate a single chartered entry and a non-chartered entry whole-time this yr — and there is a motive (a couple of million, really) that it is only for this 12 months. They have already declared the an unsurprising go that they will only be operating the chartered entry next calendar year.

We know that StarCom Racing have offered their constitution for the 2022 time, and it has not been confirmed which workforce procured it.

But the rumored purchaser is Spire Motorsports. They operate two cars total-time this yr but bought two of their 3 current charters to Kaulig Racing. So it would make perception for them, by now working as a two-car workforce, to safe what would be a 2nd charter.

There is even now the chance that Rick Ware Racing will lease out one particular of the their 4 charters for 2022, and relying on where the #51 Petty Ware Racing team finishes in the 2021 owner standings, that constitution could most likely be repossessed by NASCAR, considering the fact that charter teams are held to a minimum amount efficiency standard.

Although there is no assurance that this would transpire, this charter is in fact owned by Richard Petty Motorsports but fielded as a fourth Rick Ware Racing car, so Richard Petty Motorsports could make a move to lease it out or promote it to stay away from that repossession if repossession gets a likelihood.

Moreover, the Front Row Motorsports rumor is however out there, and they remain 1 of the very number of teams with out everything confirmed for upcoming yr, which will only continue to fuel that speculation.

But it goes with no saying that none of this is just about anything that 23XI Racing need to be banking on, and it is obvious, provided how early they started out talks of expansion, that they aren’t. Nevertheless, while it is beginning to seem as however time is not just on their aspect, it’s difficult to see a group with the name Michael Jordan hooked up to it not receiving items beneath regulate when it matters most.