Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin form NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as driver

NBA superstar Michael Jordan and current NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin announced Monday plans to field their own team in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series, with up-and-coming driver Bubba Wallace already signed on a multi-year contract.

Jordan is the current owner of NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and will be majority owner of the new NASCAR team which will field a single car. He and Hamlin purchased the charter from Germain Racing.

Hamlin has long been connected to Jordan through a sponsorship deal involving the Jordan Brand shoe line, and the two have been close friends for several years after first meeting at an NBA game.

“Growing up in North Carolina, my parents would take my brothers, sisters and me to races, and I’ve been a NASCAR fan my whole life,” Jordan said in a statement. “The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamlin, and to

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Who Will Build the First Production Manual Transmission Electric Car?

The “flippening” of cars happened, to a tiny bit of pomp, in late 2019—the first year electric cars outsold manual transmission-equipped cars. The first, but certainly not the last, right? Perhaps the manual transmission’s death isn’t imminent, but already here; just 1.1 percent of cars were sold with manuals in 2019. By Miracle Max’s standards in The Princess Bride, that’s definitely “mostly dead.” But there may be a bellows to fill the lungs of the manual transmission, even as the transition to electric cars continues—in the form of the electric car itself, provided there are enough congregants in the Church of the Third Pedal.

Why Would You Want a Manual EV?

Electric cars these days typically don’t have transmissions, but rather some arrangement of gearsets and differentials yielding a single-speed gear reduction that handles everything from crawling around a parking lot to highway speeds and beyond.

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