“His Own Radio and All” – Denny Hamlin on Michael Jordan’s Involvement and Excitement for NASCAR Races

Published 02/14/2021, 9:45 AM EST
CHARLOTTE, NC – APRIL 28: Basketball legend Michael Jordan looks on during the pro-am for the Quail Hollow Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club on April 28, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Having watched quite a few at tracks during his childhood days, NBA legend Michael Jordan is no stranger to NASCAR racing. But as he steps into the Daytona International Speedway this time around, the feeling would be something different altogether.

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After all, he has now entered the world of NASCAR as a proper majority team owner, introducing his own outfit named 23XI Racing. But, make no mistake, he is not here just to compete but also to win.
Ahead of Sunday’s Daytona 500, co-owner and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin speaks about the former Chicago Bulls superstar’s excitement levels. Talking in a brief video, Hamlin jokingly mentioned using a tactic on Jordan during the race!

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Michael Jordan is making sure that he’s got his own radio, said Denny Hamlin

The Joe Gibbs Racing No.11 stated, “It’s just something he’s really looking forward to. He’s wondering, you know, making sure that he’s got his own radio and all that.
“I just got to make sure we do like we do with Joe (Gibbs). And that’s to remove the push to talk button,” concluded Hamlin on the subject.
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HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 17: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, prepares to start during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Speedway on November 17, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
While that is certainly an intriguing strategy to use, Jordan will make sure that his message gets delivered loud and clear. His determination to compete and succeed has been a long running representation of himself as an athlete and now, as a team owner as well.

23XI Racing have had a mixed week in the build-up to the Daytona 500

Starting off in the 2021 Busch Clash, Ty Dillon, who took Wallace’s place on the starting grid, delivered an 18th placed finish. Although the result was not encouraging, there were signs that 23XI Racing had built a good car.

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Wallace then clocked the fastest lap in practice midweek, following it up with a top-half finish in qualifying. While he could have quite easily gone on to win his Duel, a second in there sees him take to the field in sixth for the 2021 Daytona 500.
So, Michael Jordan would certainly be pleased with what he has seen so far and will expect more of the same in the upcoming season. The expectations to fulfill objectives now lie with Wallace, who would look to help deliver a memorable debut season for 23XI Racing.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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