With Denny Hamlin competing for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, NBA Legend, Michael Jordan, was hoping to obtain tickets to watch his good friend race for the title. “He asked for tickets,” Hamlin said after finishing seventh in the race, narrowly missing out on his first title. “I told him we could handle that.”
Denny Hamlin met Michael Jordan at a Charlotte Bobcats (now the Hornets) game a few years ago. Jordan, who owns the Hornets, became close friends with Hamlin and eventually Hamlin joined the “Jordan Brand” team. Hamlin wears the “Jumpman” logo on his firesuit, and had the logo on a truck series truck last season.
Jordan, a noted race fan himself, came to Homestead, Florida, the site of the final race of the season, to support his good friend in his quest to race for a title. Jordan was seen before the race in Hamlin’s pit box and after the race he gave Hamlin a hug so big he’s going to need a trip to North American Spine for treatment.