Denny Hamlin says Trackhouse Racing’s purchase this week of Chip Ganassi Racing, while surprising, doesn’t impact 23XI Racing’s pursuit of a second charter.
“I thought it was a great move by Justin and the Trackhouse guys,” Hamlin said. “Did anyone really think Ganassi was for sale? I don’t think so. I also think that they’ve got those relationships (Marks has) driven with him before, so I’m sure he’s had dialogue with him. I think it’s good for our sport. A little sad to see Chip go. I really loved Chip and what he’s about. We gain and we lose with that deal.”
Hamlin, co-owner of 23XI Racing with Michael Jordan, has said that the team seeks to add a second team to join Bubba Wallace‘s team as soon as next year. The team also seeks a charter.
Every team owner, whether it be in the front of the pack, middle of the pack or back (has to) think about whether this business model is going to work for them. There’s all kinds of avenues you can take to get a charter.”
As for 23XI Racing’s efforts to secure a charter, Hamlin said: “We’ve looked at a lot of things and are still looking at all options.”
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