Bubba Wallace, the only black driver in NASCAR who rose to fame after his team found a “noose” in their garage, believing it could be a hate crime, will race for a NASCAR team owned by Michael Jordan and driver Denny Hamlin.
NBA legend Michael Jordan in the majority owner.
This comes after Bubba Wallace announced he was leaving Richard Petty Motorsports.
In a statement, NASCAR wrote “We welcome Michael Jordan into the NASCAR family, and look forward to watching Michael, Denny Hamlin and Bubba Wallace compete in 2021.”
They continue “Michael is an iconic sports figure and celebrated champion whose fiercely competitive nature has placed him among the greatest athletes of all time.”
“His presence at NASCAR’s top level will further strengthen the competition, excitement and momentum growing around our sport,” the statement concludes.
Denny Hamlin wrote “Tonight, I’m excited to announce MJ and I are starting a new, single car @NASCAR Cup Series team for 2021. Deciding on a driver was easy – it had to be @BubbaWallace.”
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) September 22, 2020
Bubba Wallace added “This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I believe is a great fit for me at this point in my career. I’m grateful and humbled that they believe in me and I’m super pumped to begin this adventure with them.”
This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I believe is a great fit for me at this point in my career. I’m grateful and humbled that they believe in me and I’m super pumped to begin this adventure with them.
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) September 22, 2020