WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- NBA Legend Michael Jordan can now add NASCAR full race team owner to his growing list of credentials.
- The still-unnamed NASCAR team will have Denny Hamlin as his partner and Bubba Wallace as the driver
- The black-owned team would go down in NASCAR’s diversity and inclusion history.
It seems that NBA legend Michael Jordan will soon turn his dreams into reality with owning a full-time race team in NASCAR.
Jordan said, “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.”
Throughout NASCAR’s history, there have only been a few black owners. NASCAR has had diversity and inclusion issues ever since. Wendell Scott was the last Black man to own a full race team and race his own car from the 1960s to the early 1970s at NASCAR’s premier series.
With worldwide protests to end racism and the revival of the Black Lives Matter movement, it seems that NASCAR is opening its doors to change with Jordan acquiring a NASCAR team.
As Jordan said, “The timing seemed perfect as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more.”
The still-unnamed team would be composed of Jordan and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin, and Bubba Wallace, who is the only full-time African American driver in NASCAR’s Cup Series.
Earlier this month, Wallace announced that after the 2020 season, he was leaving the Richard Petty Motorsports team.
Wallace said, “This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I believe is a great fit for me at this point in my career. Both Michael and Denny are great competitors and are focused on building the best team they possibly can to go out and compete for race wins.”
Hamlin for his part said, “It just makes sense now to lay the foundation” of his racing career after he retires from the sport.
He added, “Michael and Bubba can be a powerful voice together, not only in our sport, but also well beyond it.”