Michael Jordan will have a car in NASCAR next year

The driver chosen to drive Jordan and Hamlin's car will be Bubba Wallace, the only black man currently in the competition.


The legendary Michael Jordan announced Monday night that he will unveil a single seater with driver Denny Hamlin in NASCAR Cup Series competition for the 2021 season. Jordan will be the primary owner of the car, while Hamlin will participate as a minority partner and will continue to drive the No.11 with the Joe Gibbs Racing team.

The driver chosen to drive Jordan and Hamlin's car will be Bubba Wallace, the only black man currently in NASCAR competition. "Bubba has improved since he joined the Cup series and we believe that he is ready to take his career to a higher level," Hamlin wrote in a statement released by the pilot through his social networks.

For his part, Jordan recalled his childhood passion for NASCAR auto racing, and now was the time to fully participate in the competition. "Growing up in North Carolina, my parents took my brothers, sisters, and me to races, and I have been a NASCAR fan my entire life. The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend Denny Hamlin, and having Bubba Wallace driving for us, is very exciting for me, "Jordan explained also via social media.

Jordan also recalled that until now NASCAR had been closed to minority participation, but that now was an opportune time to make real changes and give more blacks a chance to get into motorsport.

Wallace announced earlier this month that he would be leaving Richard Petty Motorsports after the 2020 season, the last of his contract with this team. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I think is a very good fit for me at this point in my career," he wrote on social media. "I am grateful and honored that they believe in me and I am very excited to begin this adventure with them."

Wallace has not won a Cup race in his three seasons with the RPM team, although this season he has achieved his best results, finishing in the top 10 in five events. But he is currently ranked twenty-third in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, his best since entering the competition.

Wallace gained attention in recent months as an activist for racial equality and for promoting the ban on the Confederate flag during NASCAR races.

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