SJ - September 22, 2020
Michael Jordan has partnered up with his friend and NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin to start a new NASCAR team. The Charlotte Hornets owner released a statement on his new venture and revealed that Bubba Wallace will be driving for his single car team.
MJ is hoping to help NASCAR with diversity. He wants to "educate a new audience and open more opportunities for Black people in racing."
“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,” Jordan said in a news release. “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.
“In addition to the recent commitment and donations I have made to combat systemic racism, I see this as a chance to educate a new audience and open more opportunities for Black people in racing.”
Next Jordan will be taking on diversity in hockey. Obviously I'm kidding. He deserves a lot of credit for seeing an opportunity to make a difference and jumping on it.