Charlotte, Nick – Kyle BushTuesday’s announcement that he had signed a multi-year contract to drive Richard Childress Racing in 2023 was anti-climate due to Last weekend’s report that the deal was done.
But a number of questions remained. Some of those questions were answered on Tuesday.
Here are the key questions and answers (where possible) about Busch’s transition from Joe Gibbs Racing after this season to drive to Richard Childress Racing:
What car number will Bosch drive?
He will be in car number 8.
Childress said he spoke to him Tyler Riddick About an hour before it was announced that Riddick would not be in the No. 8 car next year. It was a less than a minute reference to Childress who previously said he wasn’t aware of Reddick’s announcement of 23XI Racing in 2024 until about an hour before it was released.
“I just told him we got a contract to race next year and I’ll talk to him later about keeping him updated on how it goes and what we’re going to do, how we’re going to put it together,” Childress said of his conversation with Riddick on Tuesday.
Who will be Bush’s chief of staff?
Randall Burnett, who is chief of staff for Riddick, will move to Team Bosch next year.
“We’re going to have to learn from each other,” Burnett said. “I know when he comes, it’s all weekend, it’s time to win. That’s what I love. That’s just what I love to do. My job will be to give him everything he needs, and I don’t mind the pressure.”
Who will be Bush’s sponsors?
And Childress did not announce any sponsors, saying that would be imminent. He said the team “already has some commitments”.
Will Busch have an ownership stake in RCR?
How many cars will RCR run next year?
three. Childress will have teams for Busch, Reddick and Austin Dillon. All three will have a charter, which means that Childers will need to have a third charter.
“Our plan is to race three cars next year, and we’re on that road,” Childress said.
Where does the other charter come from?
Childress will not discuss where it came from or whether it will be a one-year rental or be purchased.
What is included in Kyle Bush’s contract?
That he could drive the Indianapolis 500 if he could find a Chevrolet team. Bosch was previously banned from the race because of car owner Joe Gibbs.
Kurt Busch He competed in the 2014 Indianapolis 500, finishing sixth to earn Rookie of the Year honors.
“I made sure she was in the deal,” Kyle Bush said.
But he also admitted that it was not a major point in the talks.
“None of the teams I spoke to were on the priority list,” Bush said. ‘The priority list was ‘Can I win races?’ Can I win tournaments? Then what does KBM look like? The Indy 500 wasn’t on that sheet.”
“Where does that go, who knows?” Jim Campbell, Chevrolet US Vice President of Performance and Motorsports, said of Busch at the Indy 500.
What happens to the Kyle Busch Motorsport?
It will be a Chevrolet team, but no deal is made on what it will look like, whether it’s one team, two teams, three or four.
Campbell said, “We’re still talking to Kyle about KBM. …in the trucks we have two drivers who did qualifying, one of which was dumped last week. We only have one left. We have to be stronger in the truck series. Where specifically that applies with KBM, we’re still working on it.”
How was a deal with Joe Gibbs Racing not struck?
“The only thing I can say is that it didn’t happen,” said Bush. “Apparently, they have other irons in the fire, and maybe other sponsors, and that’s the way they go.”
When asked if he thought the JGR team would prefer to have a driver that doesn’t cost as much as the two-time Cup champion, Bosch said: “Fair assessment.”
Bosch said he was told that Vehicle #18 was not available at some point in the process.
How was this coupling from Busch combined into the RCR?
Austin Dillon said that shortly afterwards Tyler Riddick has announced he will be driving 23XI Racing in 2024He suggested to his grandfather that they speak to Bush.
“If you can arrange the meeting, I’d like to meet him,” Childress told Dillon.
Childress said he first spoke with Kyle at Childress Vineyards, Childress’s winery in Lexington, North Carolina, about a 10-minute drive from the Richard Childress Racing complex.
Something Bush did for him years ago, Dillon said, resonated and was easily accessible to Bush.
“One thing Kyle did for me,” Dillon said, “when I was getting ahead in the Truck Series, we raced against each other a lot in 2010, 2011.” “He pulled me aside in Nashville once when he was starting his Xfinity team and offered me a job to drive for him.
He said, “Are you interested in driving the Xfinity, nationwide then, for me?” It kind of blew me away because I’ve always known that the only reason I got to ride was because my grandfather. So he was one of the only men who gave me a ride other than my grandfather.
“I always remembered that about Kyle, even through family matters, fighting and all that. I’ve always had a nice place because he offered me another job than my grandfather. So when it came to working out who would drive this car, I lobbied for Kyle.”
What does Busch see from RCR that makes him think he can win there?
“Hopefully the fresh start will kind of help remove some of the aggravation of bugs and things like that that’s been sort of over the last couple of years on my part,” he said. “But also to see the investment and everything that Chevrolet puts into the sport and its new technology hub and all of that is very interesting. We look forward to seeing all of it going around.
“But to just be able to go racing and get behind the wheel again, to think that you are wanted somewhere and that you have people who are excited to be there. As Richard mentioned, the whole organization, everyone in the store is asking questions.”
What role does Busch envision in helping RCR be better?
“I haven’t gotten into trenches in much of that yet,” he said. “But it’s clear they have a good foundation and they have a good start.
“It’s just a matter of knowledge and information that I feel I have that I can bring to the table, and bring attention to the areas in which you make you a world-class organization.
What message did Dillon give Bush about Richard Childress’s race?
“I told this to Kyle, ‘We are survivors and fighters in the RCR,’” Dillon said. “We go through ups and downs over time, but we’re still fighting from the other side, figuring out ways to survive.
“You’ll never have to worry about that at RCR. When you’re part of this organization, we’ll fight together as long as you’re willing to fight with us. We’ll fight together. I think that was something for him to know that no matter what we’re going through, we’re going to make it work. That’s what We do it. We’re good at it.”
Who will replace Bosch in car number 18 next year at Joe Gibbs Racing?
Expect it to be Ty Gibbs. JGR hasn’t made an announcement but that should come sooner rather than later.