NBA Legend Michael Jordan becomes NASCAR Team Owner


NBA legend Michael Jordan and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin have teamed up to form a new NASCAR Cup Series race team, and have signed Bubba Wallace as their driver.

Jordan, who becomes the first Black Majority owner of a full-time team since Hall of Famer Wendell Scott in the '70s, says "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. 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." 

Hamlin, who will continue to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing, says he and Jordan started talking about owning a team while playing golf together and thought now is the right time to do it. Other details, including the team name, car number and sponsor, have not yet been announced. (Yahoo Sports)