Last September, NBA legend Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin launched a new NASCAR team. The team would have Bubba Wallace as the driver. Before the Daytona 500 this weekend, Jordan spoke about Wallace, and what kind of expectations they have from him.
This new team has got game and they're here to win.@23XIRacing's Michael Jordan, @dennyhamlin and @BubbaWallace sit down with @michaelstrahan to talk about their hunt for NASCAR success.@Jumpman23 | #DAYTONA500 pic.twitter.com/diKZvsoBxp— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 14, 2021
In a video released by Fox Sports, Wallace spoke about the Chicago Bulls legend writing the checks. "We don't sign checks for losers," Jordan joked, known for his competitive spirit.
Back when Hamlin and Jordan announced the team, they spoke about Wallace being an easy choice. "Deciding on the driver was easy—it had to be Bubba Wallace," Hamlin had said. Wallace and his stand for racial equality had gained plenty of attention, especially as he became the first black driver in the Cup Series.
Daytona 500 faced a five-hour delay because of rain.
With a rain delay and a wreck, Michael McDowell was victorious at the end of Daytona 500. As per reports, McDowell won for the first time in 358 Cup starts. The race was delayed for hours due to the rain and came to an end around nine hours after the flag was waved. Per reports, the lead lap only had 11 cars.
Bum end. I bailed out down the back saw the wreck happening and got run over from behind. Should’ve bailed sooner🤷🏾♂️— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) February 15, 2021
Fast car, can’t have loose wheels.
Onto the right turns
While Wallace driving for Jordan drew the expected attention, he failed to deliver the results as predicted. However, he still created history by becoming the first black driver to leas a lap during Daytona 500. The No. 23 Toyota driver lost his Lap 129 lead to Hamlin (who finished fifth).
"Bum end. I bailed out down the back saw the wreck happening and got run over from behind," Wallace tweeted after the race, adding that he should have bailed sooner. As per Wallace, it was a fast car, and he cannot have loose wheels. "Onto the right turns".
"He was running up front and battling for stage wins. That's what we want to see,'' Hamlin said after the race.