NBA Legend Michael Jordan Set to Start New NASCAR Race Car Team
Charlotte Hornets owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan is entering the race car field.
This week, it was announced that Jordan has partnered with Denny Hamlin to start a new NASCAR race car team, with Bubba Wallace named its first driver.
“The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamlin, and to have Bubba Wallace driving for us, is very exciting for me. Historically, NASCAR has struggled with diversity and there have been few Black owners. The timing seemed perfect as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more. In addition to the recent commitment and donations I have made to combat systemic racism, I see this as a chance to educate a new audience and open more opportunities for Black people in racing,” released Jordan in a statement.
Wallace, an African American driver, found a noose in his garage a couple months prior and has been one of the names in NASCAR to consistently speak out on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement. Jordan has also been one of the few team owners to take immediate action to stand with professional athletes during this time.
Meanwhile, Hamlin is a Hornets season-ticket holder and a three-time Daytona 500 winner. According to RealGM, the new NASCAR team “will feature a single-car Toyota entry aligned with Joe Gibbs Racing.”
“Eleven years ago I met Michael Jordan at a then-Charlotte Bobcats game and we became fast friends. Not long after, I joined Jordan Brand as their first NASCAR athlete. Our friendship has grown over the years and now we are ready to take it to the next level. Deciding on the driver was easy — it had to be Bubba Wallace,” wrote Hamlin.
Sounds like an excellent new business venture for one of the NBA’s greats!