Bubba Wallace makes a pit stop at the second of two qualifying car races for the NASCAR Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway (John Raoux / AP)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Bubba Wallace was more of a fan of Michael Jordan watching “Space Jam” than the NBA

He was just a little kid when Jordan was in his prime with Chicago, so it seemed natural that Wallace was more intrigued by MJ’s shooting lines with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck than by the cops

Jordan was a pitchman, an NBA team owner and a tequila aficionado – and on Sunday, with Wallace at the wheel, he will make his official NASCAR team owner debut with 23XI Racing in the Daytona 500

Jordan and team co-owner Denny Hamlin, three-time Daytona 500 champion, might have more nerve than Wallace

on the eve of NASCAR’s biggest race

“It’s pretty weird,” Wallace told The Associated Press on Saturday, “ It’s like you little kid racing out there, I don’t know I’m like, you’re nervous, I’m here and ready right now to go ”

Wallace, 27, has answered tons of questions about Jordan since the team was announced late last year

It was hard to answer: Jordan and Wallace had never met because of the coronavirus pandemic.Jordan, who won six NBA championships in his career in the Hall of Fame, came to town this week and got a game of golf in one Country Club seen

Wallace was impressed to meet the man in charge of leading Tune Squad to their freedom, and in the 1996 film, Defeating the Monstars at the Last Minute, Wallace, Hamlin and Jordan all made a promo that on The Sunday before the race is scheduled to air on Fox

“When he walked into the room it was like, ‘Oh wow, this is real,” said Wallace

Wallace is the only full-time black driver at NASCAR’s highest level and in June successfully called for the series to ban Confederate flags from being displayed on racetracks. His activism caught the attention of Corporate America, which raised enough money through five companies to sponsor the entire cup season

Wallace has spent the past three seasons building the legendary No. 1 43 ​​for Richard Petty Motorsports, a team that struggled to compete at the highest level due to sponsorship issues, as Wallace’s profile expanded, he was able to collect donations that were tied to him and move with him p>

Jordan is the first black major owner of a full-time cup team since Hall of Famer Wendell Scott in 1973

Wallace is winless in 112 Career Cup starts, all at RPM His runner-up in the Daytona 500 2018 was the best result of a black driver in the race

Wallace flashed in the No. 23 Toyota – yes, Jordan’s old Bulls number – at Speedweeks and the only practice session this week.He starts on Sunday sixth and even Hamlin, who drives for rival Joe Gibbs Racing, might want to change cars

“ Our car is super fast, it’s one of the fastest cars in the garage, “Wallace said

The Daytona 500 is usually a who’s who to spot actors, musicians, and other famous athletes moving around on the grid creating a party scene like no other in the sport

NASCAR fans and the media would have bullied Wallace’s car in the last hour before the race in hopes of catching a glimpse or photo with Jordan, but COVID-19 logs will keep Jordan from boxing # 23 / p>

Wheeler appreciated the benefits of working for Jordan – like having the finest loot (“our beautiful shoes, fancy gear”) in the garage

“ He’s also humble enough to say, ‘OK, that’s fine I’ll just stay outside,’ ‘Wheeler said,’ ‘I think he’d like to go next week to sit on the Pix Box But He’s here in Daytona this week, watching ”

from the suites

Scott is still the only black driver to win a cup race. Wallace has won the Truck Series six times and knows – relaxed or not in front of Jordan – that it’s time to win

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