Recently, Bubba Wallace was selected to become the driver for Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin’s new single-car NASCAR Cup Series team for 2021.
Wallace has since taken to Twitter to respond to the announcement with his gratitude.
“This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I believe is a great fit for me at this point in my career,” Wallace wrote. “I’m grateful and humbled that they believe in me and I’m super pumped to begin this adventure with them.”
Bubba Wallace calls move “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”
Michael Jordan and superstar Denny Hamlin announced their decision on Monday. Recruiting Bubba Wallace was their first move.
“I’m excited to announce MJ and I are starting a new, single car @NASCAR Cup Series Team for 2021. Deciding on a driver was easy – it had to be @BubbaWallace,” Hamlin tweeted.
“Bubba has shown tremendous improvement since joining the Cup Series and we believe he’s ready to take his career to a higher level,” Hamlin said. “Off the track, Bubba has been a loud voice for change in our sport and our country. MJ and I support him fully in those efforts and stand beside him.”
Wallace is a skilled Black driver who has proven himself time and time again as part of Richard Petty Motorsports. He’s a fervent supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. He had the logo painted on his car.
The driver initially announced he would be leaving his post as the driver of Richard Petty Motorsports’ No. 43 car earlier in September.
“I believe it’s time for someone else to take the reins of the No. 43” car, he said.