Bubba Wallace Jul 3, 2022; Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) before the start of the KWIK TRIP 250 at Road America. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

As many have speculated over the past few weeks, 23XI Racing, led by co-0wners Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin, has signed driver Bubba Wallace to an extension.

The driver, who initially signed with the team two years ago, was excited about the new deal that keeps him behind the wheel of the No. 23 Toyota.

“This is super cool, and I’ve felt right at home from day one,” Wallace said to NASCAR.com. “So it’s nice to continue the relationship, continue the partnerships with our sponsors and keep moving forward. So thankful for the opportunity, for sure. I feel like this has been my best year yet in the Cup Series, and we’re continuing to make strides and get better and better. So I’ve definitely enjoyed the time and glad that we can keep it going.”

The specifics of the deal, including how long the extension is for, were not released. Wallace did say that he appreciates the team’s commitment to him and hopes to retire with them as well.

“These guys made a commitment to me, and I made a commitment to them that this is where it all is put together,” he said.  “You know, I want to make this a super-long-term deal. I’d love to retire here — hopefully, retirement’s not until like 10, 15 years down the road – but that was that was my goal from day one.”

Wallace, who is currently 19th in the standings, needs to win one of the next two races to make the playoffs. Hopefully, his recently changed pit crew can help him get there.


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