As soon as the 23XI Racing NASCAR group steps on the race observe for the 2021 Cup Collection season, all the main focus will likely be on Bubba Wallace and his skills behind the wheel. Nonetheless, earlier than that, there’s nonetheless a variety of work to be executed to arrange the group, and Wallace’s crew chief Mike Wheeler has an enormous position to play there.
The crew chief is, in some ways, a pacesetter of the group as nicely. Wheeler already has some strong concepts in his thoughts about the way forward for 23XI Racing.
Wheeler just lately expressed that the group goals to construct a company the place people step up and take accountability. Additionally, he desires them to take accountability within the decision-making course of.
“Many of the factor we’re attempting to do is ready up a great construction, each constructing, and other people, that may deal with a variety of this with out me being engaged in each determination,” Wheeler mentioned throughout an interview.
Wheeler opens up on his concepts to construct 23XI Racing
Not simply that. Wheeler has ambitions to run the 23XI Racing store very very similar to a Method 1 store. “One of many issues I dream about this place, with everybody’s blessing, is to sort of run it extra like an F1 store,” he added.
Moreover, the group will obtain some essential inputs from Joe Gibbs Racing – with whom they’ve an alliance – in addition to Toyota. A few of Wheeler’s former colleagues at Leavine Household Racing have additionally joined the group. The crew chief is worked up by these developments.
“Happily, I’ve bought JGR vehicles and a (Toyota Racing Improvement) alliance, in order that’s an enormous chunk off my plate,” he expressed.
Will Bubba Wallace and co. profit from Wheeler’s management?
The 42-year-old plans to realize as a lot enter as he can from his engineers and mechanics as nicely. He doesn’t wish to make the error of ignoring their phrases of recommendation, which might turn out to be useful.
“I believe I’ve discovered prior to now, a variety of instances individuals dwell on choices, attempting to make it themselves as an alternative of listening to individuals round them. I’m undoubtedly leaning on the purpose of getting sufficient engineers. And sufficient skilled mechanics so when three guys are within the settlement of one thing, I’m good with that,” Wheeler mentioned additional.
Earlier this week, Wheeler additionally hung out with Hamlin on the store. With simply over a month to go earlier than the season begins with the Daytona 500, Wallace and Wheeler will now work extensively on their partnership.