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Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin form new NASCAR team, hire Bubba Wallace as driver

  • September 22, 2020

NBA legend Michael Jordan is trying his hand at another sport, starting up a NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as the driver.

Jordan announced Monday that he’s joining with three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin to form a team that will compete in the NASCAR Cup Series starting next season. 

“Growing up in North Carolina, my parents would take my brothers, sisters and me to races, and I’ve been a NASCAR fan my whole life,” Jordan said. “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.” 

Former NBA great Michael Jordan greets fans before the 2007 NASCAR All-Star Challenge race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

Jordan, who also played minor league baseball during his career, will serve as the principal owner of the still-to-be-named, single-car team, while Hamlin will maintain a minority stake as he continues to drive the No. 11 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. 

“It just makes sense now to lay the foundation for my racing career after I’m done driving and also help an up-and-coming driver like Bubba take his career to a higher level,” Hamlin said.

Jordan becomes the first Black majority owner of a full-time race team in NASCAR’s top series since Hall of Famer Wendell Scott in the 1970s. Wallace is the first Black driver since Scott to race full-time in the Cup Series. He recently announced that he would leave Richard Petty Motorsports at season’s end.

REACTION:NASCAR world reacts to Michael Jordan becoming team owner with Bubba Wallace

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