Bubba Wallace will drive No. 23 next season in what was a highly predictable reveal Thursday by 23XI Racing, the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin.
"Here we come. 23," came the tweet Thursday.
The team has not yet named a manufacturer. Hamlin will continue to drive Joe Gibbs Racing' No. 11 Toyota Camry next season.
Jordan, who also owns the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, will serve as principal owner of the new team. His group bought a NASCAR team charter from Germain Racing.
Jordan's operation will be the first full-time team in NASCAR's top circuit with a Black majority owner since Hall of Famer Wendell Scott was the owner/driver of a car in the 1960s and early '70s.
Wallace, the only Black driver on the Cup Series, announced last month that he was leaving Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of the season. Erik Jones is taking over that ride next season.
Wallace successfully led a movement in June to ban Confederate flags from racetracks. Shortly after, a noose was found in his stall at Talladega, though an FBI investigation found that the noose has been there since October 2019 and that Wallace had not been targeted.
23XI Racing -- pronounced twenty-three eleven -- honors Jordan's iconic No. 23 with the Chicago Bulls and Hamlin's No. 11 car.
--Field Level Media