UPDATE 6-10-2021: Kurt Busch says he is wide open for next year but has received calls from 23XI and Trackhouse Racing about driving for them next season.
He told SiriusXM on Wednesday that he will talk to Ganassi first, along with Chevrolet and Monster Energy before making a decision about what he will do.
"Talks are going to start here at @CGRTeams first. I respect Chip and I respect this team."
— SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) (@SiriusXMNASCAR) June 9, 2021
UPDATE 6-7-2021: As the buzz continues to circulate around the possibility of the 2004 champion possibly joining the 23XI project of Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan should the organization expand to a second team, would Kyle [Busch] welcome his brother to the fold?
“That would be the list of all manufacturers, right? He could check them all if he drove a Toyota and won a race in a Toyota,” Busch said. “That’s his prerogative. I think, those decisions to be made don’t have anything to do with me. But certainly, that would probably be a big hit for our program and what we’ve got going on—especially the 23XI program—if that all comes to fruition. I’ve heard the same rumors you guys have.”
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ORIGINAL POST 5-29-2021: Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 23XI Racing co-owner Denny Hamlin was asked about the team’s plans to expand to a two car operation next season:
Where is 23XI Racing in terms of a second car for 2022?
“Still working on some things. Obviously, there’s a lot of moving pieces that has to go into it. I think we’re still progressing. Just don’t have a timetable for it.”
If you have a second car next year, is there a certain type of driver you’re targeting?
“A good one.”
Do you feel you need a second driver with more experience?
“I don’t know. I think that I’m teammates with Bubba (Wallace) so he’s already got that. I don’t think that we necessarily have to have that because he’s got me, Martin (Truex Jr.) and Kyle (Busch) that work very, very close with him. We’re in the same meetings. I don’t know if there’s a benefit or detriment either way, but certainly I look at a lot of different things when it comes to who a prospective person could be.”
Saturday afternoon, The Athletic reported that the team will add a second car and Kurt Busch is the leading candidate to drive it. Busch’s contact with Chip Ganassi Racing expires at the end of the year.