NASCAR Superstar Denny Hamlin Pays Tribute to the Michael Jordan Brand

Published 03/07/2021, 10:36 AM CST
LONG POND, PENNSYLVANIA – JULY 28: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, celebrates winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway on July 28, 2019 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


It is no secret that Denny Hamlin and NBA legend Michael Jordan are good friends. In light of that, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver paid tribute to the Jordan brand. Recently, the Jumpman brand released a video montage of various athletes and personalities associated with Jordan.

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Among them was Hamlin, who has been in the NASCAR scene for a long time. In fact, he was a key figure in convincing the former Chicago Bulls star to set up a new team. Soon enough, the 23XI Racing team was born, with Bubba Wallace at the wheel of the #23 car.

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Suffice to say, the NASCAR Cup team is a huge and beneficial investment for the basketball legend. In addition to that, Hamlin is also there to keep an eye on the affairs, even though he is in a rival team. Regardless, Hamlin still has a lot of respect for the former player.

Denny Hamlin is looking forward to Sunday’s Cup race at Las Vegas

Championship leader Hamlin heads into this weekend’s race in sixth place. Admittedly, he cannot afford to be too concerned about the 23XI Racing venture, as he has his own battles to fight. Admittedly, it could be a little difficult, as Hamlin has never won the Pennzoil 400 in his career.

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Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

However, there is always a first time for everything, and it could strengthen his championship standing. On the other end of the scale, he will have to take some amount of interest in Wallace’s progress at 23XI Racing. But sadly for the African-American driver, his 2021 season has not got off to a great start.

This is because he has been a little inconsistent with his performance. After a 17th place finish at the Daytona 500, he wound up outside the Top 20 for the next two races. Now, he will be keen for redemption at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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