Bubba Wallace May Drive #23, Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls’ Number

by Chris Haney
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NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin confirmed Monday night that he and NBA legend Michael Jordan will field a team in 2021 that will feature Bubba Wallace as its driver. And the new team may utilize Jordan’s classic #23 for their car.

Hamlin, 39, announced the news on Twitter, saying he and NBA Charlotte Hornets owner Jordan, 57, would field a team in 2021. However, the new NASCAR team has yet to be named. Also, Wallace has officially signed a multi-year deal to be the team’s driver.

“Starting a race team has been something that Michael and I have talked about while playing golf together over the years, but the timing or circumstances were never really right,” said Hamlin. “It just makes sense now to lay the foundation for my racing career after I’m done driving and also help an up-and-coming driver like Bubba take his career to a higher level.”

“Plus, Michael and Bubba can be a powerful voice together,” Hamlin added. “Not only in our sport, but also well beyond it.”

Jordan will be the principal owner of the new team. In addition, Hamlin will serve as a minority partner and continue to drive the No. 11 for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Hamlin and Jordan purchased the charter from Germain Racing’s No. 13 team ensuring they can participate in every 2021 race.

Bubba Wallace Might Drive the #23 Car in 2021

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Further details like the name, car number, manufacturer, and sponsors of the new team will be announced at a later date. 

Additionally, and appropriately so, the team is considering using the No. 23 for their new car. The famous number comes from Jordan’s uniform during the majority of his NBA career with the Chicago Bulls.

“This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I believe is a great fit for me at this point in my career,” said Wallace, the Cup Series’ only fulltime African-American driver.

“Both Michael and Denny are great competitors and are focused on building the best team they possibly can to go out and compete for race wins. I’m grateful and humbled that Michael and Denny believe in me. And I’m super pumped to begin this adventure with them.”

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