There hasn’t been a Black owner in NASCAR in 50 years, but former NBA superstar Michael Jordan is changing that, and he bringing Bubba Wallace along to help him with it.
With the assistance of former NASCAR driver, Denny Hamlin, Jordan will be the principal owner of a new NASCAR team set to start racing in 2021. Hamlin announced on his Twitter page his partnership with Jordan.
“Tonight, I’m excited to announce MJ and I are starting a new, single car @NASCAR Cup Series team for 2021. Deciding on a driver was easy – it had to be @BubbaWallace,”
Jordan shared his excitement by starting a NASCAR team. “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.”
Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only Black driver, will be the first driver on the team. Wallace shared the news on his Instagram page.
“Proud to announce that Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin are teaming up to start a Cup team in 2021, and I’m wheeling it. This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I believe is a great fit for me at this point in my career,” he posted on Instagram. “Michael and Denny are both great competitors and are focused on building the best team they possibly can to go out and compete for race wins. I’m grateful and humbled that they believe in me and I’m super pumped to begin this adventure with them.”