LAS VEGAS — Tyler Reddick will join 23XI Racing next season, a year earlier than planned, Kurt Busch announced after stating he will not compete full-time next year as he continues to recover from a concussion.
23XI Racing announced in July that it had signed Reddick to a contract beginning in 2024. With Kurt Busch’s announcement Saturday that he will not race full-time in Cup next year, it made a seat available for Reddick with 23XI Racing next season. Then it became a matter of 23XI Racing completing a deal with Richard Childress Racing for RCR to release Reddick from his contract a year early.
In a statement, 23XI Racing said: “With Kurt choosing to not race full-time next year, 23XI Racing announced today that upon reaching an agreement with Richard Childress Racing, Tyler Reddick will join 23XI in 2023 to drive the No. 45 Toyota Camry TRD. We look forward to competing against Tyler over the remaining four weeks of the season and look forward to having him join our team thereafter.”
The 26-year-old Reddick has had a breakthrough season, winning three Cup races: Road America, Indianapolis road course and Texas. He’s looking forward to joining 23XI Racing next season.
“It’s great that it’s out there,” Reddick said of Saturday’s announcement. “This is the direction we’re going next year. … I am definitely excited about it.”
The results Reddick has had this season are not surprising. He was the first driver to win back-to-back Xfinity championships with two different teams. He claimed the 2018 title with JR Motorsports and won the 2019 crown with Richard Childress Racing.
“Franchise drivers don’t come around that often,” 23XI Racing co-owner Denny Hamlin said in July of Reddick. “So, if there is ever one that you can grab, you go after it. You do whatever it takes to make it happen and then you work on the details later.”
— RCR (@RCRracing) October 15, 2022