Reddick secures shock move to 23XI Racing for 2024 NASCAR Cup season

Tyler Reddick will move to 23XI Racing for the 2024 NASCAR Cup season, having only recently had his stay at Richard Childress Racing extended for next season.

Reddick, who just earned his first career NASCAR Cup Series win two weeks ago at Road America, unexpectedly joined a scheduled Toyota media conference call on Tuesday about 23XI Racing in which he was introduced as a new driver with the organisation beginning with the 2024 season.

“This is a conversation that started a long time ago, just very casual,” said team co-owner Denny Hamlin.

“Really, Tyler reaching out when we started the team and said, ‘Love what you’re doing. Looks like you guys are pushing the limits and doing things differently and it’s good to see.’

“After a while, I started asking him important questions about his future and then I asked permission from [Toyota] if I could pursue this individual and they wholeheartedly agreed that this was a good direction for us.”

Reddick, 26, he had spent a lot of time of late contemplating his long-term future in NASCAR and where he could find the best fit.

“I’m always thinking about what lies ahead, what the future looks like for me and so that’s just the way I’m wired,” he said.

“You really have to think about a lot of things, short-term and long-term. It’s just part of the way I think.”

Reddick is left now to complete the 2022 Cup season driving the #8 Chevrolet of RCR and will be among the 16 drivers competing for the series championship in the playoffs.

He will also drive for RCR in 2023, but with both parties knowing he will depart at the end of next season.

That awkwardness may be a reason for a not-so-complimentary tweet RCR sent out about Reddick’s decision during his announcement on Tuesday - stating the timing of the announcement "could not be any worse".

 

“For me, my biggest thing with RCR, I got my first opportunity in a Cup car with Richard (Childress) and it’s been great to grow with them,” Reddick, a two-time Xfinity Series champion said.

“For me, it was really important to finish what I started there, see it through to its end. They’ve given me so many opportunities and chances to win, opportunities to be a two be a two-time Xfinity champion, and open the door to get into Cup Series.

“I’m extremely grateful for that and will continue to be. That is why I wanted to see through what I agreed to do with RCR to the end.”

Hamlin said the specifics of Reddick’s home at 23XI Racing – such as sponsors, which car he will drive or if the team will expand again – remain unconfirmed at this stage.

“I watched him, I raced against him, I wanted him and I got him,” Hamlin said. “I didn’t know anything else that goes along with that.

“There are no hidden secrets here. We do not know what car. All we know is we wanted him. And we planted our feet deep in the ground to make sure Tyler had an opportunity with this race team and we made it happen.”

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