Luke Combs and Bubba Wallace were at the Daytona 500 for different reasons on Sunday. Their paths crossed on Pit Road for a few minutes.
Combs, who performed during the opening ceremonies for this year’s race at Daytona International Speedway, had a little time on his hands and stopped off to see Wallace. Now Wallace is looking to secure a Daytona 500 victory.
The race itself was halted due to weather conditions. While racers and track officials were waiting out the rain, Wallace’s race team, which includes NBA world champion Michael Jordan, tweeted out a few pictures. They show Wallace and Combs shaking hands and having a conversation.
Take a look for yourself as they share a couple of moments together in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Wallace’s day at Daytona got off to a tough start. NASCAR officials ordered his No. 23 car to start at the back of the lineup after failing inspection twice.
Also, one of his crew members was ejected from being with the team on Pit Road. Wallace and the rest of the NASCAR drivers had numerous interruptions beyond the weather to deal with at Daytona.
Bubba Wallace Now Driving For Owner Michael Jordan
It’s enough pressure on Bubba Wallace being out there on the big oval in Daytona. But there’s also the pressure of driving for Michael Jordan.
Now sports fans know that “Air Jordan” put together a Hall of Fame career in the National Basketball Association. Yet it seems he’s been a NASCAR fan for a long, long time.
“I grew up in NASCAR,” Jordan said. “My father used to pack the whole family in. We would just go and spend the whole day. From that point, I’ve been hooked on NASCAR.”
Jordan Stays In Touch With Wallace Through Texts
Jordan said he has been considering forming his own team, 23XI Racing, for a long time. He’s taking action on his plans. That’s nothing new for a driven competitor like Jordan.
“I thought about it so many different teams,” Jordan said. “Never seen a black owner or someone of color that owned their team or dictated what went on with their teams.”
The conversation then turns to the announcement of 23XI Racing. Unsurprisingly, Bubba Wallace’s notifications went through the roof afterward.
“Probably got 60-75 text messages after we announced that night,” Wallace said. “I get one and read the message and at the bottom it says MJ… That’s cool, I’m texting Michael Jordan.”
Wallace has been a vocal advocate for changes in NASCAR’s culture, raising awareness around issues involving African-Americans. His forthright opinions don’t always sit well with a lot of NASCAR fans, yet he’s got one of sports’ biggest names backing him right now.