Michael Jordan bought a Nascar Cup Series Charter team with Denny Hamlin. It will have Darrell “Bubba” Wallace as the pilot of “His Airness” in 2021.
“Growing up in North Carolina, my parents took my brothers, sisters, and me to races, and I’ve been a Nascar fan my entire life,” Jordan said in a press release.
And I add: “The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamlin, and have Bubba Wallace driving for us, is very exciting for me. Historically, Nascar has fought for diversity and there have been few African American owners. The timing seemed perfect as Nascar is evolving and embracing social change more and more. “
On the other hand, he said: “In addition to the recent commitment and donations I have made to combat systemic racism, I see this as an opportunity to educate a new audience and open more opportunities for blacks in careers.”
Hamlin said he met Jordan at a Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) game 11 years ago. Their friendship blossomed when he became the first driver in the category with the backing of Jordan Brand.
“Bubba has shown tremendous improvement since joining the Cup Series and we believe he is ready to take his career to the next level. You deserve the opportunity to compete for race wins and our team will make sure you have the resources to do so. Off the court, Bubba has been a strong voice for change in our sport and our country. MJ and I fully support him in those efforts and we stand by his side, “Hamlin said on his social media.
As for Bubba Wallace, he said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I think is a very good fit for me at this point in my career. Both Michael and Denny are great competitors and are focused on building the best possible team to go out and compete for race wins. I am grateful and honored that Michael and Denny believe in me and I am very excited to begin this adventure with them. “
Jordan has attended several Nascar races over the years, most recently the 2019 final at Homestead-Miami Speedway when Hamlin competed for the championship.