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Bubba Wallace spent Friday morning unveiling the new Jordan Brand-owned Toyota No. 23XI car he’ll drive during the 2021 season for co-owners Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan.
“I’m excited to move on, but I keep restating we still have two solid races coming up here for us at Martinsville and Phoenix to close out the year that we have to capitalize on,” Wallace said on CBS This Morning. “As much as I’m ready for the future, next year, my mind is still on the two races in 2020 to get through and finish out the best way possible.”
Jumpman, Jumpman, Jumpman, them boys up to somethin'. 😏 pic.twitter.com/XbY4iGa0D2
— Charlotte Motor Speedway (@CLTMotorSpdwy) October 30, 2020
In a rather weird marketing move, Hamlin and Wallace went on CBS This Morning to reveal the car to a national audience. CBS isn’t exactly known for its NASCAR audience or a younger audience, but 23XI Racing must’ve decided it was the perfect spot for Bubba to show off his car.
Gayle King does a great job acting as if she cares about NASCAR, smiling throughout. “I’m very excited about this,” Gayle tells us. Uh, okay. Says the lady who has never mentioned Bubba Wallace in a tweet from her account – ever. Or NASCAR. Gayle does mention that she’s a big fan of Lewis Hamilton, and that checks out.
Something else that’s interesting about today’s interview is that Bubba wasn’t asked about race relations inside NASCAR or how the social justice movement is going. Very weird.
Anyway, Bubba has a new car, and Denny hopes to make some money here. Gayle has forgotten about NASCAR by lunch time, and the world moves on. Just another week in the world of media.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) October 30, 2020