Bubba Wallace to race for Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin in 2021 NASCAR Cup Collection

Basketball legend Michael Jordan has entered the realm of NASCAR by obtaining a Cup Series charter in partnership with Denny Hamlin. Bubba Wallace will be the driver for the one-vehicle group commencing in 2021, NASCAR declared Monday.

Wallace, NASCAR’s only comprehensive-time Black driver, mentioned he would be leaving Richard Petty Motorsports when the 2020 period concludes. Wallace has been owning a occupation period with 5 best-10 finishes, in accordance to NASCAR, and has also made headlines for his devotion to difficulties of social justice. He was a major voice in calling on NASCAR to ban the exhibit of the Accomplice Flag at races.

In June, the FBI opened an investigation following a noose was identified hanging in Wallace’s garage prior to a race, prompting fears that a despise crime had been dedicated. It was identified that the garage’s doorway pull experienced been tied in that shape months previously, and no charges had been submitted. NASCAR reported at the time they had been “grateful to learn that this was not an intentional, racist act against Bubba,” but Wallace observed it was nevertheless troubling.

“It was a noose” he advised CNN’s Don Lemon just after the investigation was concluded. “Whether or not tied in 2019, or what ever, it was a noose. So, it was not directed at me, but any individual tied a noose.”

Jordan, who owns the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, will be the the vast majority proprietor with Hamlin as a minority partner. 

“Eleven decades ago I met Michael Jordan at a then-Charlotte Bobcats game and we became rapidly buddies,” Hamlin wrote in a statement posted to Twitter asserting the partnership. “Not lengthy just after, I joined Jordan Brand name as their 1st NASCAR athlete. Our friendship has grown around the yrs and now we are all set to just take it to the upcoming level.”

“Determining on the driver was uncomplicated — it had to be Bubba Wallace,” Hamlin extra.

At age 39, 3-time Daytona 500 winner Hamlin is nonetheless an energetic driver with Joe Gibbs Racing. NASCAR guidelines do not permit for a driver to individual a workforce and push for yet another, but this will not apply to Hamlin as minority proprietor, according to The Related Press.