Not one to shy away from new challenges, Michael Jordan will now try his hand at NASCAR. The NBA Legend will join forces with Danny Hamlin and will enlist Bubba Wallace to drive for the team. Wallace will leave Richard Petty Motorsports to drive for “His Airness.”
“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. 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.”
In terms of roles for the team, Jordan will be the principal owner with Hamlin serving as minority partner but will continue to drive for Joe Gibbs. Not since Wendell Scott has there been a black majority owner of a NASCAR team which happened in the 60’s through the 70’s.