This year’s NASCAR Silly Season just became a lot more hectic.
Amidst rumors that he would be purchasing a charter from Germain Racing next year, Denny Hamlin addressed the situation in a Zoom call with reporters.
“I can’t comment on any of that stuff.,” Hamlin said. “I don’t have anything to announce and we’re not talking about anything beyond that tonight.”
According to FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass, Bubba Wallace is looking for a way to race for the Hamlin-involved team next season. Additionally, Pockrass would not rule out the idea of Basketball Hall-of-Famer Michael Jordan being involved in the deal.
Wallace currently drives the No. 43 Chevrolet for Richard Petty Motorsports, but has previously announced he would not be returning to the team next season.
Hamlin said that the idea of purchasing a charter or stake in a team is something he has considered for some time.
“I’ve had the notion for awhile. I still don’t know how long my driving career will go,” the Joe Gibbs Racing driver said. “I’m concentrating on what I’m doing on the race track right now but I wouldn’t mind positioning myself on that side. It has to be the right opportunity.
“Everything needs to line up perfectly for me to remotely consider it. I do believe the model will get better. Do I think its fixed, no. There’s still work to be done to be a viable business.”
Germain Racing has previously stated they are exploring all of their options for next season, and said that a selling of the team is certainly a possibility. The team currently fields the No. 13 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Cup Series, driven by Ty Dillon.
Pockrass stated that once the purchase of Germain Racing’s charter is complete, it could see cars and other equipment from Leavine Family Racing over to their camp under the backing of Toyota. NASCAR would have to approve the sale to Hamlin, and he would have to prove that the car will not essentially be a fifth car under the Joe Gibbs Racing family.
After denying the rumors that Jordan would be involved in a Richard Petty Motorsports deal, as UNB! Sports incorrectly reported, Pockrass said Jordan’s spokespeople have been “pretty mum” this week regarding a Germain Racing deal.