23XI Racing will have new crew member for Atlanta Motor Speedway
Two weeks ago at Nashville Superspeedway, Bubba Wallace was vocal on the radio. He knocked his crew over the team radio as he was sent out of his stall with a tire not properly installed.
“Passion,” Wallace said the next week at Road America. “I want to win, need to win, gotta win. I have a team capable of winning. The car is capable of winning. So, that just creates passion. With passion comes frustration. Just gotta manage it.”
Wallace was forced to pit a second time in stage two due to a loose wheel. It was the latest in a list of errors from the crew.
Wallace was highly vocal over the radio. He told his crew chief not to talk to him for the rest of the race.
“Heat of the battle,” Wallace said. “Talked to the team, they understand. Talked to Bootie, he understands. He understands the frustration. So, that’s the biggest thing.
“That’s what I’m passionate about, is making the crew feel we’re one team and family,” Wallace said.
Wallace added, “My family has chewed my ass out a couple times and told me to be better. You just have to continue to work with them and show them that we’re all in this together. No matter how frustrated we get or how good the times get, we’re still in this together. It’s a team effort.”
Denny Hamlin reacts to Bubba Wallace’s radio communication
Denny Hamlin drives the No. 11 for Joe Gibbs Racing. He’s also the co-owner for 23XI Racing.
“Well, it is (a concern),” 23XI Racing team co-owner Denny Hamlin told NASCAR.com.
Hamlin added, “I mean, you can’t embarrass the race team, that’s for sure. I think he knows where we stand on it. And hopefully, it continues to be better.”
Bubba Wallace will get new crew members for Atlanta Motor Speedway
This weekend, Bubba Wallace and Christopher Bell will each have new crew members for Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Tire changer Houston Stamper and tire carrier Joe Crossen will be moved to Bubba Wallace’s No. 23 team. They previously worked on the No. 20 of Christopher Bell.
Meanwhile, Bubba Wallace’s front changer Jackson Gibbs and tire carrier Nick McBeath will make the move to Christopher Bell’s team. Additionally, AJ Rosini joins Bells’ team as a rear tire changer, replacing Daniel Olszowy.
Joe Gibbs Racing provides the pit crews for 23XI Racing.