Michael Jordan’s venture into NASCAR with Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin has a name and a number — 23XI Racing and the No. 23 — for the 2021 season.
Jordan and Hamlin announced the details Thursday for the car that Bubba Wallace will drive next year. Other details, including manufacturer affiliation, are to be announced.
As perhaps expected, the car number borrows the jersey number that Jordan wore as a six-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls. The team name — pronounced “twenty-three eleven” — combines Jordan’s number with the car number that Hamlin has had throughout his Cup Series career.
“Michael and I have a shared vision for this team,” Hamlin said in a team release, “so it’s exciting to see it reflected in the team name and on the race car with the iconic number 23 that Michael made famous.”
The organization will make its on-track debut at Daytona Speedweeks in February 2021.
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— 23XI Racing (@23XIRacing) October 22, 2020