Michael Jordan starts a NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as his driver.
Over the past year, Bubba Wallace has become one of the bigger names in NASCAR as a vocal advocate of social justice and the only Black manager in the sport. Now he’s about to join one of the biggest NBA names of all times.
As first reported by Athletics’s Shams CharaniaJordan and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin form a new NASCAR Cup Series racing team that will be ready to compete in 2021, with Wallace as their first and only rider.
According to The Undefated is Marc J. Spears, Wallace has signed a multi-year deal to drive for the currently unnamed, single-car team of the Charlotte Hornets’ owner. Jordan is now the first Black majority owner of a full-time racing team in NASCAR’s leading series since Wendell Scott owned and raced his own car in the 1960s and ’70s.
The Hornets have the next statement by Michael Jordan:
“When I was growing up in North Carolina, my parents took my brothers, sisters and me to racing, and I was a NASCAR fan all my life. The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend Denny Hamlin and to have Bubba Wallace ride 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 dedication and donations I have made to combat systemic racism, I see it as an opportunity to educate a new audience and open up more opportunities for Black people in racing. ”
Bubba Wallace and Michael Jordan are a great combination for NASCAR
Wallace has become one of the more respected and popular drivers at NASCAR in recent months, and although Jordan has been criticized in the past during his best playing days for not using his platform to speak out on social justice issues, he has worked to make amends by donating his time, money and resources to important social issues in recent years.
It’s just a great way for both him and Wallace to really make their mark in a sport that has struggled with inclusion in the past but has since shown signs of progress.