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Sport Michael Jordan is starting a NASCAR team and his first driver is Bubba Wallace

05:45  22 september  2020
05:45  22 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Michael Jordan has teamed up with Bubba Wallace to form a pairing of a Black majority team owner and the only Black driver at Nascar ’s top level. Jordan becomes the first Black principal owner of a full-time Cup team since Hall of Famer Wendell Scott drove his own race car in 495 races from 1961

Jordan becomes the first Black majority owner of a full-time race team in NASCAR 's premier series in (L-R) Michael Jordan , Denny Hamlin, Bubba Wallace . The announcement also means Jordan Hamlin said in a statement that " it just makes sense now to lay the foundation" of his racing career

Michael Jordan holding a sign: Michael Jordan and Bubba Wallace. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier // AP Photo/Steve Helber © Provided by INSIDER Michael Jordan and Bubba Wallace. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier // AP Photo/Steve Helber
  • Michael Jordan is starting his own NASCAR team and has picked up Bubba Wallace to be his first driver.
  • Wallace currently races for Richard Petty Motorsports at the Cup Series level but was one of the marquee free agents heading into the coming season.
  • Fellow driver Denny Hamlin will join Jordan as a minority owner of the team but will continue to drive the No. 11 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.
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Michael Jordan is starting his own NASCAR team and has picked up Bubba Wallace to be his first driver . Wallace currently races for Richard Petty Motorsports at the Cup Series level but Hamlin will start his tenure as a NASCAR team owner while still driving the No. 11 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan and NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin are starting a single-car racing team that will feature Bubba Wallace as the driver for the 2021 Cup season. Jordan ’s publicist, Estee Portnoy, announced the partnership in a tweet Monday night. Jordan Brand has been a

The only Black driver in NASCAR will race next season for a new team founded by Michael Jordan and Wallace's fellow driver Denny Hamlin. Jordan was already a major sponsor of Hamlin's car and has decided to deepen his ties with motorsports, purchasing a NASCAR Cup Series Charter and putting Wallace behind the wheel.

Wallace has raced 105 starts at the Cup Series level, all with Richard Petty Motorsports, but was one of the major free agents heading into the new season. While he has yet to win a race at NASCAR's top level, Wallace has garnered a slew of sponsors in recent months for his racing ability and his outspoken role in moving the sport forward on issues including the banning of the Confederate flag.

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According to reports, Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin have joined forces to launch their own NASCAR team . The new organization has also tapped The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership w/my friend, Denny Hamlin, & to have Bubba Wallace driving for us, is very exciting

Michael Jordan is starting a NASCAR team with Denny Hamlin, and Bubba Wallace will drive it. Michael Jordan says the deal that will make him primary owner of a NASCAR team came together Jordan has been a NASCAR fan since he was a kid in Wilmington. His father, the late James Jordan

"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," Jordan said. "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."

On Twitter, Hamlin said, "Deciding on a driver was easy — it had to be Bubba Wallace."

Hamlin will start his tenure as a NASCAR team owner while still driving the No. 11 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. While not common, it's not unprecedented in the sport for a driver to own a team on the side — Dale Earnhardt drove for Richard Childress Racing while owning his own team.

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Denny Hamlin has joined Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan to form a NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as the driver , a high-profile pairing Jordan becomes the first Black principal owner of a full-time Cup team since Hall of Famer Wendell Scott drove his own race car in 495 races from

is starting his own race car team in partnership with Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan “Not long after, I joined Jordan Brand as their first NASCAR athlete. Our friendship has grown over “Deciding on the driver was easy -- it had to be Bubba Wallace .” Hamlin said additional details Wallace is the only Black driver at NASCAR ’s top level. There’s been speculation for months that

The new team is a big move for both Jordan and Hamlin, but likely even bigger news for Wallace,  who also tweeted out his excitement.

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