Bubba Wallace to Join New NASCAR Team Owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin

Just a few weeks after announcing his departure from Richard Petty Racing, Bubba Wallace’s new team has been announced in a social media post.
 
The post shows Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan, the team’s owners, together and announces the team and their driver.
 
 
Hamlin, the Jordan Brand’s first NASCAR athlete, wrote that the team will start racing in 2021, though he added that more information will be released at a later date.
 
“Bubba has shown tremendous improvement since joining the Cup Series and we believe he’s ready to take his career to a higher level,” wrote Hamlin. “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.”
 
Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top league, has bravely supported the Black Lives Movement and was instrumental in NASCAR’s ban of Confederate flags at its events.
 
“Historically, NASCAR has struggled with diversity, and there have been few Black owners,” wrote Jordan in his statement. “The timing seemed perfect, as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more.”
 
In fact, Jordan will be the first Black majority owner of a full-time Cup team since Wendell Scott. The Hall of Fame driver raced his own car from 1961 to 1973 and won the Jacksonville 200 in 1964. He remains the only Black driver to win a Cup race. Wallace will look to change that record.
 
“This is a unique, once-in-lifetime opportunity that I believe is a great fit for me at this point in my career,” wrote Wallace. “I am grateful and humbled that they believe in me, and I’m super pumped to begin this adventure with them.”

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