Lewis Hamilton congratulates Bubba Wallace, Michael Jordan, and Denny Hamlin on Historic NASCAR deal

Published 09/22/2020, 6:04 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy -Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


The announcement of Michael Jordan’s involvement in NASCAR team ownership got not just the NASCAR circles, but the entire sports world buzzing. Among the sports stars who spoke about the historic development is the six-time Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton.

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The new deal puts Bubba Wallace in a car next year that will be co-owned by Michael Jordan and NASCAR Cup Series star Denny Hamlin. Hamilton replied to a tweet from NASCAR and congratulated the trio for their new deal.

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When Lewis Hamilton praised NASCAR drivers

This is not the only time Lewis Hamilton has shown interest in NASCAR activities. Back in June, Hamilton showed support for Wallace after the ‘noose incident’. He praised NASCAR drivers for rallying in support of Wallace.

At the Talladega Superspeedway, all of Wallace’s 39 fellow drivers and their crew members pushed Wallace’s car to the front of the line, a mark of sportsmanship and respect for Wallace.

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On Monday’s announcement, golf champion Bubba Watson tweeted a congratulatory message as well. He went a step further and asked Hamlin if there was a place for him on the team.

To this, Hamlin wrote, “Let’s talk,” before Watson replied, saying, “You got my number.

Michael Jordan’s involvement in any other sport will almost always grab more eyeballs. NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Chase Briscoe pointed out the same.

Hamlin’s friendship with Jordan

While announcing the news, Hamlin spoke about his friendship and association with Jordan and praised Wallace. “Eleven years ago, I met Michael Jordan at a then-Charlotte Bobcats game, and we became fast friends.

“Not long after, I joined Jordan Brand as their first NASCAR athlete. Our friendship has grown over the years, and now we are ready to take it to the next level,” Hamlin wrote.

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Aug 22, 2020; Dover, Delaware, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series at Dover International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports | Reuters

Bubba has shown tremendous improvement since joining the Cup Series. And we believe he’s ready to take his career to a higher level. He deserves the opportunity to compete for race wins, and our team will make sure he has the resources to do just that,” he added.

The team could have Toyota on board as the manufacturer and cars from the now-defunct Leavine Family Racing.

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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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