Since the first announcement that basketball legend Michael Jordan and NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin have joined forces to form a new NASCAR Cup racing team, the duo have been releasing new information about the new team piece by piece.

It is now known that the current driver of the number 43 Richard Petty Motorsports car Bubba Wallace is leaving that team after the race in Phoenix to join the new Jordan/Hamlin team named 23XI – 23 Eleven – for Jordan’s uniform number and eleven for Hamlin’s car number.

Today it was announced that Bubba will be driving a Toyota and that 23XI have formed a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing – Hamlin’s current team.  A technical alliance means that JGR will offer support services for the new team.

Hamlin spoke on the manufacturer announcement saying, “Toyota has been a big part of my NASCAR career.  We’ve achieved multiple milestones together including back-to-back Daytona 500 victories. I know how they support their teams, and when I decided move to team ownership, I knew that I wanted Toyota to be alongside our team. Toyota supports my vision with this team and will be integrated with our team members to support us as we grow and strive to achieve race wins and championships.”

“My main goal for 23XI Racing is to be competitive for a championship as soon as possible.  Our partnership with Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing gives us the equipment, resources and expertise to do it,” added Jordan.

JGR owner Joe Gibbs spoke on the new alliance saying, “we’re excited to have the opportunity to provide resources to this new Toyota team to help them get started.  We can remember being in a similar position nearly three decades ago and we were fortunate to have a similar agreement that helped us in the beginning. We’re happy for Denny to realize his dream of ownership and certainly it’s a big deal for NASCAR to have someone with the respect and stature of Michael Jordan enter our sport.”

Denny Hamlin also announced that Mike Wheeler will serve as the crew chief for the number 23 car.  Wheeler was Hamlin’s crew chief at JGR from 2016 to 2018.