Imagine impressing someone as successful and as mythical as Michael Jordan. Sounds unreal, right? But this is exactly what Kurt Busch managed to do after he won his first race of the season for 23XI Racing.
Jordan, who is the co-owner of the NASCAR Cup Series team along with driver Denny Hamlin, was also on the paint scheme for Busch’s #45 Toyota in form of his infamous Jordan Brand.
Anyway, according to journalist Dustin Long, Denny Hamlin spoke to Michael Jordan after the race, and the former Chicago Bulls man said he was “so excited” with Kurt Busch’s first win of the season which also happens to be their team’s second win in their history.
— Dustin Long (@dustinlong) May 15, 2022
Just like his team owner, Kurt Busch was also “so excited” with his win
In a post-race interview right after winning the race, Kurt Busch spoke about the impact his co-owner, Michael Jordan’s special paint scheme had on his mindset for the race.
“With the Jordan brand on the hood, I felt like I had to play like the GOAT, race like the GOAT,” Busch said.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 06: Kurt Busch, driver of the #45 Monster Energy Toyota, races during the last chance qualifier for the NASCAR Cup Series Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on February 06, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Busch also went on to credit his team, his manufacturer, his family, as well as Bubba Wallace, for this amazing feat this late in his career.
“It’s all about teamwork. I mean, I don’t do this alone, and the way Toyota’s helped us, JGR. My brother’s been so important on the family side of just, ‘Hey, you gotta get through these steps.’ Bubba is a tremendous teammate,” he said.
“This is 23XI!”