Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new team formed by Denny Hamlin in partnership with Michael Jordan and Bubba Wallace as the driver.
Will the 6-time Formula-1 World Champion be a personal fan in the NASCAR in the near future? Bubba Wallace is hoping so after he responded to a tweet by Lewis Hamilton supporting the news about the Denny Hamlin, Michael Jordan and Bubba Wallace partnership in a nascar team that will debut in 2021, responding with an invitation to the Daytona 500.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.
But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.
The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had support too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One racing.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.