NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is all set for the Daytona 500 in Florida as a member of Michael Jordan’s 23XI Racing team. But he’s not the only one representing MJ in Daytona today.
Photos taken from Wallace’s car inspection revealed a fan wearing a No. 12 Bulls jersey with no name on the back. Given that today is February 14, that carries some significance for Air Jordan.
On February 14, 1990, Jordan’s No. 23 jersey was stolen before a game against the Orlando Magic. Jordan sported a No. 12 jersey with no name on the back in order to take the court for the Bulls. His regular jersey was never found.
Whoever that fan is must have paid a pretty penny to get that jersey too. The NBA store currently retails that jersey for $300.
If that isn’t devotion to Michael Jordan, nothing is.
A fan in a Michael Jordan No. 12 Chicago Bulls jersey watches Bubba Wallace's 23XI Racing car go through inspection. And yes, MJ did once wear No. 12 in a game when his No. 23 was stolen. (I believe against the Orlando Magic.) pic.twitter.com/tcyhUYenyg
— Jordan Bianchi (@Jordan_Bianchi) February 14, 2021
As for Bubba Wallace, 2020 was quite the eventful year for him. He became a national figure for successfully lobbying NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag from events, along with his outspoken advocacy for racial justice during the summer.
All the while, Wallace was enjoying one of his best years on the racetrack too. He finished the year 2020 with a career-high 597 points and 22nd place in the NASCAR Cup Series Classification.
Good luck at Daytona today!