The two-day Next Gen organization test began at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday, but it was more of an event on Kurt Busch’s first day of school.
Busch is officially working with 23XI Racing and the No. 45 team, and things are still in the exploratory phase. While Busch has met with Crew Chief Billy Scott, many of the engineers and mechanics Busch is working with are settling into their new environment. In addition, the most important task is to learn the next generation car.
“There’s been a lot to digest today,” Busch said. “I think we’ve done really well so far to find the little things in the car and find the speed, after which we’ve done a couple of 10 laps to understand a little more about tire wear. So it’s a process of inspecting small boxes and working on larger projects over the next few hours today and then tomorrow with a few things. Possibly even try something different with the transmission and find other replaceable things in the back of the car… you can find all kinds of new, fun, clean toys and car parts.
“A lot is happening, and it’s been a good day at 23XI to start a new group of friends and meet TRD people behind the scenes, too.”
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Cup series teams will be on the track on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET and then on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Busch drives the car both days in 23XI Racing. The maximum number of teams is two cars per three or four car organization and one car per two car organization. However, seating is allowed for several drivers.
Busch said it is easier to count the number of men he has worked with in the past compared to those with whom he does so for the first time. A few Chip from Ganassi Racing joined 23XI Racing, which Busch joined after three seasons in Ganasi. Although Busch was a free agent and is likely to move to 2022, Ganassi ended up ending his NASCAR operation when Justin Marks made an offer he couldn’t refuse.
There have also been “a few familiar faces from SHR (Stewart-Haas Racing) and Roush and Penske,” Busch said. “I think every time I walk through the garage, I get to wave to everyone because I’ve been on a few different teams. This new group, I can only feel the level of enthusiasm and energy, okay, let’s go, let’s go. But hey, let’s calm down and check all the boxes right.
Busch is a teammate to Darrell Wallace Jr. A former series champion and Daytona 500 winner, Busch said he was hired as a driver and it is his duty to do so with the best knowledge and power. It is also important for Busch to be consistent and embrace the things a veteran should do in a new car. Busch, which made its debut in 2001, is not new to racing cars for different generations or helping around.
“At the same time, there are young engineers and young crew members who are eager to learn, and I would like to pass on all the knowledge I have from certain areas to certain friends,” Busch said. “Then we want Bubba to jump into the program as a mindset to win and be there at the second level next year. It already starts from that side and over again, just to find other little things on the marketing side in all the different years I have behind me to make sure all our brands and partners get the full benefit. be with 23XI. “