NASCAR announced on September 21 that Bubba Wallace will be the driver for the new form team by the basketball legend Michael Jordan and American race car driver Denny Hamlin.
Wallace is the only full-time black driver of NASCAR who will be leaving Richard Petty Motorsports after concluding the season in 2020. This season has been with five top-10 finishes and is also known for his dedication to issues of social justice. He was the front voice in charging on NASCAR to ban the display of the Confederate Flag at races.
Bubba Wallace in trouble
In the month of June, there was an investigation when the FBI found a noose hanging from the driver’s garage before a race indicating that some kind of crime has been committed there. But there were no charges filed against Wallace as the garage door’s pull had been tied in the same manner for months together. NASCAR was relieved as they thought it was some kind of racist act against Wallace. Bubba Wallace remains disturbed with the issue as it is still a noose that was hanging in his garage since 2019.
Michael Jordan, who holds the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, will be the majority partner while Denny Hamlin as a minority partner. They have 11 years of friendship that has now turned into a partnership. Hamlin had joined the Jordan brand as their first NASCAR athlete. They had decided to take Bubba Wallace as the driver, said Denny Hamlin, three-time Daytona 500 winner and an active driver with Joe Gibbs Racing at the age of 39. NASCAR rules do not permit a driver to own a team and race for another, but this will not apply to Hamlin as a minority owner, as per The Associated Press.