Exclusive Images: Michael Jordan Pictured Up-Close in $61.5 Million Private Jet at Talladega

Published 10/08/2023, 7:12 PM EDT

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Last weekend’s YellaWood 500 proved to be an electrifying spectacle. Positioned as the penultimate race before the Charlotte Roval elimination event, it was a wildcard race teeming with anticipation, as drivers were primed to unleash their full potential on the asphalt. Amidst the roaring engines and the adrenaline-pumping action of the wildcard race, the garage area held its own star-studded cast. NBA legend Michael Jordan, the maestro orchestrating the 23XI Racing team, was in the midst of it all.

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Witnessing one of the most impressive seasons in the team’s brief history in the Cup Series, the #45 and #23 cars prepared to tackle the challenging 2.66-mile track. Jordan’s unwavering focus was squarely on his drivers, eagerly anticipating a breakthrough performance. However, the online media’s eyes were glued to the spectacle that unfolded as Jordan flaunted his sleek steed on the Alabama runway.

Michael Jordan flaunts his giant vehicle with a staggering price tag

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As reported by an EssentiallySports insider, Jordan, in a grand entrance touched down on Alabama soil, stepping out from a magnificent, winged private jet. His trusted steed to reach the NASCAR spectacle was none other than the Gulfstream G550, a luxury private jet renowned for its opulence and quality, favored by elite athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo and Tiger Woods.

Jordan’s mighty Gulfstream G550, with a staggering price tag of $61.5 million, graced the Alabama runway during the Talladega race weekend. This remarkable acquisition is just one of many assets that unequivocally reflect his colossal net worth. Not long ago, it was reported that the Chicago Bulls legend had amassed an astonishing net worth of $3 billion, a feat that has propelled him into the exclusive ranks of the Forbes 400 elite.

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Stepping away from the familiar hardwood of the basketball court, the Hall of Famer was seen on the asphalt of the longest oval in the NASCAR calendar, making his presence felt on the track. He was seen talking to his drivers, Tyler Reddick and Bubba Wallace, after the race, offering his support as the 23XI duo finished in the 16th and 23rd positions, respectively.

However, the 23XI stable isn’t easing up anytime soon, not until the final checkered flag drops at Charlotte ROVAL. With this mindset, Reddick entered the Bank of America ROVAL 400 with one clear objective – securing a spot in the playoffs round of 8.

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Tyler Reddick grabs the pole and a round of 8 spot at the Charlotte Roval

Renowned for his prowess on the road, Reddick charged through the qualifying rounds, leaving his mark at the top of the timesheet with an impressive lap of 81.214, outpacing Joe Gibbs Racing‘s phenom Christopher Bell by a mere 0.114 seconds. This three-time road course victor then found himself at the front row alongside teammate Wallace, who secured the fourth position.

Before the race, both Reddick and Wallace stood outside the playoff cutline, with a 2- and 9-point gap, respectively, banking on an exceptional run on Sunday to seal the deal on keeping their Championship hopes alive. With determination soaring and speed on their side, the 23XI Racing team was poised for a thrilling showdown at the Charlotte ROVAL, ready to chase their playoff dreams with unwavering zeal.

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As Reddick shared, “We did it, I’m just kidding no, we did a good job, we got his trophy here, Davis was holding. So we are sitting on the pole, mission accomplished, Bubba(Wallace) had a good qualifying effort too so as a team and as a whole this has been a good start to the weekend. This is what we need to get done on Saturday. So I’m looking forward to the race on Sunday.” 

 

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This marks the furthest the Michael Jordan duo has ventured into the playoffs. However, just half of his team was able to reach the end of the maze. While Bubba Wallace said farewell to his championship dreams, Tyler Reddick ran steadily throughout the race and secured a 6th-place finish as well as a spot on the round of 8.

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Rashi Shetty is a NASCAR Author at EssentiallySports. Her passion for the world of motorsport extends beyond the thrill of on-track racing, as she finds the behind-the-scenes aspects of car development and sportsmanship equally captivating. Her favorite motorsports moment of 2023 is the NASCAR Garage 56 entry at Le Mans, which she covered extensively at the time.
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