The historic, single-car NASCAR team owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin, and captained by Bubba Wallace, already had a name, number and logo. Now, it has a car.
Wallace and Hamlin first revealed the design, and its partnership with Toyota, in an interview on CBS This Morning with Gayle King on Friday. Here's a look:
The team name, 23XI, is inspired by the number Jordan donned throughout his iconic NBA career and the "11" Hamlin has sported throughout his professional racing run. In Wallace and Jordan, 23XI also features NASCAR's only current Black driver and principal team owner, respectively.
Wallace told King that he still has two races to complete this year with his current racing team, Richard Petty Motorsports, before making the transition to 23XI starting in 2021. Might he feel pressure playing under the umbrella of such a fierce competitor in Jordan?
"I think, look at the car I'm driving right now, the iconic No. 43. Now we're switching over to the iconic 23, so pressure is kind of my middle name," Wallace told King. "So I'm just gonna have to deliver the best I can."
Above all else, Wallace stressed that the opportunity to partner with Jordan is an honor that he's excited for. Come next year, we'll get to see this unit in action.