From some of the comments on Facebook whenever Bubba Wallace’s name is mentioned, there are quite a number of people who have little or no faith in the Cup Series driver. However, that lack of faith does not spill over to Hall of Fame Coach and team owner Joe Gibbs.

Joe Gibbs Racing fields cars in the Xfinity and Cup Series, with one of the Xfinity Series cars, the number 18 car, featuring several different drivers during the season. For the Xfinity Series races at Circuit of the America’s this weekend and the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway later in the season, Joe Gibbs Racing has signed 23XI Racining’s Bubba Wallace to drive the number 18 car.


While the Xfinity and Cup Series cars are very different this season, Wallace, who drives a Toyota for 23XL, will also be driving a Toyota for JGR.

It is not uncommon for a Cup Series driver to take advantage of the opportunity to run a race in the Xfinity Series and then run the race again in the Cup Series the following day. Veteran Cup Series drivers may run a maximum of five races each in the Camping World Truck and Xfinity Series. Both the races at COTA and Indianapolis are recent additions to the NASCAR Cup Series schedule.

Wallace made his Xfinity Series debut in 2012 driving for Gibbs.


Bubba Wallace spoke on the announcement saying, “I’m looking forward to partnering back up with Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series after making my first career start in NASCAR with them about 10 years ago. The number 18 Toyota GR Supra team is always strong and I’m excited to be competing with them at COTA and Indianapolis. Thanks to the team at 23XI and Toyota for helping to make this happen and thanks to Dr Pepper for coming on board for the race at COTA.”