Tyler Reddick after winning the KWIK TRIP 250. Jul 3, 2022; Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Tyler Reddick (8) reacts after winning the KWIK TRIP 250 at Road America. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Reddick has been with Richard Childress Racing since signing with the team ahead of the 2019 season, and he’s under contract through 2023. But after that, it looks like he’s on the move.

23XI Racing, which was founded by NBA legend Michael Jordan, announced on Tuesday that Reddick (seen above after winning the QWIK TRIP 250 at Road America earlier this month) would be joining the team beginning in 2024. He looks to be the future teammate of Bubba Wallace there.

It’s a huge announcement in the NASCAR world. And perhaps nobody was more shocked than the team Reddick will be leaving following the 2023 season.

Shortly after 23XI’s announcement, RCR released a hilariously honest statement about Reddick’s eventual departure from the team.

“We’re proud of the success Tyler Reddick has found at Richard Childress Racing,” the statement read. “We’re focused on winning a championship in 2022 and 2023, although the timing of this announcement could not be any worse.”

Reddick said that the news “shouldn’t have been a total shock to (RCR)” and that he informed the team that he would be exploring his options for 2024 and beyond, according to Davey Segal.

That may be true, but RCR sure seemed surprised by the news. And the NASCAR world had plenty to say about the team’s brutally honest statement.

Reddick is adamant that he plans to compete for championships with RCR in 2022 and 2023 before joining 23XI in 2024. But after this, it sure seems like that relationship is going to be a little awkward.

[RCR on Twitter; photo from Mike Dinovo/USA Today Sports]