Chesterfield’s Hamlin joins forces with Michael Jordan to start race team

Chesterfield’s Hamlin joins forces with Michael Jordan to start race team

Jordan and Nascar driver Denny Hamlin, who is represented by Jordan Brand, have announced that they are launching a single-car Nascar team for the 2021 Cup Series with Bubba Wallace as their driver.

Hamlin - who competes in the Cup Series for Joe Gibbs Racing - and Jordan have always been close friends.

"The timing seemed ideal as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more", Jordan explains. Hamlin and Jordan go a long way back, having first met at a NASCAR event 11 years ago, and they became friends.

NASCAR allows for a driver in a four-car team such as JGR to have an ownership stake in another team (per nascar.com). He also talks about the need to make the sport more diverse.

Hamlin, a season-ticket holder of courtside seats to the Hornets, is a three-time Daytona 500 victor. Hamlin has raced his entire career for Gibbs, a Hall of Fame NFL coach.

Michael Jordan is going racing in NASCAR next year, but it won't be the first time the National Basketball Association legend has hit the track. Our friendship has grown over the years and now we are ready to take it to the next level. He added, "Deciding on the driver was easy - it had to be Bubba Wallace".

SPARTA, KENTUCKY - JULY 12: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway on July 12, 2020 in Sparta, Kentucky.

Wallace has been at the centre of a campaign for social issues, having successfully campaigned to remove the Confederate flag from races.

Michael Jordan Motorsports last season in AMA was 2013
Michael Jordan Motorsports last season in AMA was 2013

Wallace announced he was parting ways with Richard Petty Motorsports earlier this month. "Off the track, Bubba has been a loud voice for change in our sport and our country". MJ and I support him fully in those efforts and stand beside him, " the racing champ writes.

"Michael Jordan becoming a NASCAR owner is a very clear indicator that the racing league isn't backing off embracing #BlackLivesMatter and growing diversity", he tweeted.

Jordan will be the majority owner for the team, with the owner of the Charlotte Hornets entering NASCAR by purchasing the charter held by Germain Racing.

"We wish Michael and hos team tremendous success".

Wallace has 105 Cup Series starts with Richard Petty Motorsports.

In a statement, NASCAR welcomed Jordan to the series.

"Tonight, I'm excited to announce that MJ and I are starting a new, single auto NASCAR Cup Series team for 2021". Hamlin has been a longtime season-ticket holder with courtside seats along the visitors' bench.

Michael Jordan is taking his talents to racecar driving.

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