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Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin team up to start NASCAR team, with Bubba Wallace as a driver

September 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Jordan becomes the first Black majority owner of a full-time race team in NASCAR's premier series in 60 years.

(CNN)NBA legend Michael Jordan will be trying his hand at a new sport soon, NASCAR.

Jordan and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin announced Monday they'd be teaming up to form a new NASCAR Cup Series team with Bubba Wallace as driver, according to an announcement by the Charlotte Hornets and Jordan's spokeswoman, Estee Portnoy.

The announcement also means Jordan becomes the first Black majority owner of a full-time race team in NASCAR's premier series in 60 years.

The last Black man to own a team was Wendell Scott, who owned and raced his own car from the 1960s into the early 1970s.

"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. "

NASCAR has historically struggled with diversity and there have been few Black owners, Jordan said.

Jordan acquiring a NASCAR team comes as diversity and inclusion efforts have become a focus in sports around the world with the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Wallace, the only full-time African American driver in NASCAR's Cup Series, announced earlier this month he was leaving the Richard Petty Motorsports team after the 2020 season.

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