Basketball legend Michael Jordan and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin have formed a single-car Nascar Cup Series team, with Bubba Wallace as their driver.
Wallace is Nascar’s sole black full-time driver while Jordan is the second black team owner at its elite level.
Earlier this year, Wallace successfully campaigned to get the Confederate flag banned from Nascar races.
Six-time NBA champion Jordan said the team would “educate a new audience”.
The 57-year-old added it would also “open more opportunities for black people in racing”.
On joining Jordan and Hamlin’s team, Wallace said: “This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I believe is a great fit for me at this point in my career.”
Hamlin, 39, will be a minority partner in the team while he continues to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing.