The 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion has officially guaranteed entry to every race on the 2022 schedule. 23XI Racing has confirmed the acquisition of a charter for Kurt Busch’s No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota Camry TRD.
23XI Racing President Steve Lauletta made an appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Tuesday, November 16, confirming the purchase of the charter. He stated that they closed the deal the same day and bought him from StarCom Racing, the team that ended their full-time run in the Cup series after 164 races.
“We have the charter that we needed and wanted for them [No.] 45, so our two cars are being chartered for next season, ”said Lauletta. “It’s an interesting process to make sure everything is in tune – both from our desire to get the right package, which goes into buying a charter, and for the seller to get the right package in the end. We were fortunate enough to work with StarCom [Racing]. “
The deal was not a straightforward transaction between 23XI Racing and StarCom Racing. Lauletta also revealed that Spire Motorsports was also involved and that the team had a separate deal regarding the equipment. This added factor led all three organizations to team up and work out the deal.
Lauletta gave no further information about Spire’s involvement, however Associated Press Jenna Fryer added some more details. She said that she believed “Spire bought everything,” including StarCom’s buildings and equipment. Fryer added that she believes Spire then sold the charter to 23XI Racing.
Spire Motorsports sold two of the team’s charters to Kaulig Racing, a deal that went into effect after the championship race in Phoenix on November 7th. That transaction left Spire with only one for the 2022 season. According to FOX Sports reporter Bob Pockrass and other media outlets, Spire was the expected buyer of the StarCom charter, but 23XI Racing eventually ended up with it after the three organizations teamed up.
Reports of the sale of its StarCom Racing charter first surfaced during the summer, but the team did not provide immediate confirmation. StarCom Racing waited until the final race weekend of the season before announcing the end of the team’s full-time run in the NASCAR Cup Series.
“With a heavy heart we say goodbye to our StarCom Racing fans. After the championship this weekend, our [No. 00] Charter becomes new owner. Many thanks to all of our fans for the funny memories and the loyal support over the years! [z00m]” the NASCAR team tweeted on Friday, November 5th
When the checkered flag waved and Kyle Larson won his first championship trophy, No. 00’s time in the Cup series came to an end. Busch will now use the charter of this stock car for his first season with 23XI Racing. He’ll get into the 45th Toyota and team up with Bubba Wallace, who drives the 23rd Toyota.
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