Michael Jordan Feels “Different Type of Nervous” as NASCAR Team Owner Than as a Basketball Player

Published 02/19/2021, 9:10 AM EST
CHAPEL HILL, NC – MARCH 7: Former player Michael Jordan of the North Carolina Tar Heels is honored during a halftime ceremony during a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at the Dean Smith Center on March 7, 2007 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)


Michael Jordan has tried his hand at many different things, and it is safe to say that he has excelled at most things he has done. The NBA legend is now very much in the project of building a successful NASCAR team, which made its debut in the Cup Series a few days ago.

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In his basketball career, Jordan has played some of the biggest matches in the history of the sport. Now, in NASCAR, he will witness as driver Bubba Wallace tries to come out on the winning side of some of the biggest races in the sport.

The sporting legend recently sat down with Bubba and co-owner Denny Hamlin, to talk about the new association, and his excitement levels going into the debut season with 23XI Racing.

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Jordan admitted he will be very nervous before every race. “I’m nervous and I know I’m gonna be nervous,” Jordan said.

Wizards star Michael Jordan watches Denver’s Kenny Satterfield during the first period of last nights game between the Denver Nuggets and the Washington Wizards. (Craig F. Walker/The Denver Post) (Photo By Craig F. Walker/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Michael Jordan explains the difference in nerves as a NASCAR team owner

At the same time, he explained the difference between his nerves on a basketball court compared to what he is facing in NASCAR. On the court, things were a lot more in his control.

“No, not that nervous. But it’s a different type of nervous,” Jordan said when asked to make the comparison. “When I’m nervous on the court, I can go rebound, I could go shoot, I can play defense. Here, all I can do is cheer,” he expressed.

Jordan was in the vicinity last Sunday when Wallace ran the iconic Daytona 500 for 23XI Racing. The team’s official NASCAR debut did not end the way they would have wanted. Wallace was involved in a last-lap crash that ended his hopes on the night.

Bubba Wallace starts well in a bid to fulfill Jordan’s expectations

However, in practice and qualifying sessions leading up to the race, and in the race itself, the 27-year-old was quite impressive. He showed the skills he possesses and what he can do with the equipment he has in the new car.

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Feb 14, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) gets ready for the restart of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The message from Jordan has been clear since day 1. The 58-year-old superstar is here to win in NASCAR and his belief in Wallace is also quite evident. Both Jordan and Hamlin believe the youngster can bring the team a lot of success.

The start has been promising. Whether Wallace translates it into wins, only time will tell.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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