McDonald’s and 23XI Racing confirmed on Tuesday that their sponsorship relationship would be extended in 2022, with the restaurant brand supporting the team’s NASCAR Cup Series entries for Bubba Wallace and Kurt Busch.
Next year, McDonald’s will be the major sponsor for many races on Wallace’s No. 23 Toyota and Busch’s No. 45 Toyota, including Wallace’s season-opening Daytona 500 (Feb. 20, 2:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM). For its second season, the company, which is co-owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin, will expand to a two-car operation.
Wallace had McDonald’s as his principal sponsor in eight races last season, including his first Cup Series victory at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 4. McDonald’s made its long-awaited return to Triumph Lane with that victory, having last done so in 1994 with Jimmy Spencer, also at Talladega.
“McDonald’s has really stepped up over the years and played a large part in my career,” Wallace said in a news release provided by the team. “Getting McDonald’s back to Victory Lane for the first time since 1994 and having them on our Camry for my first win in the Cup Series this year was really special. To be a part of the McDonald’s family and be involved in programs like Black and Positively Golden and work toward similar goals both on and off the track also means a lot to me. I’m excited to continue to build on our relationship and get the 2022 season started with McDonald’s on our Camry TRD for the Daytona 500 — hopefully with another trip to Victory Lane.”
On Aug. 27, Busch was announced as 23XI Racing’s newest driver. Next year, in his 22nd Cup Series season, he will compete for the first time with McDonald’s as a key sponsor.
“Racing with Monster Energy over the last decade together has been an incredible ride,” Busch said. “We win, we have fun, we promote together, and I am very grateful for their partnership. It feels like family racing for them, and I believe McDonald’s will have the same feel. The power of these brands elevates the No. 45 Camry TRD to a top-tier level before we even take the green flag. Let’s win!”
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