If you were to quickly name the top five things Michael Jordan loved more than anything, what would make the list?
Basketball; winning; his mom; golf; gambling; cigars — any combination of those probably covers it.
But one thing that slips under the radar on MJ’s list of passions is motorsports.
This might not come as such a huge surprise in 2021, given His Airness now owns a NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace and Denny Hamlin at the wheel, but racing has always been one of Jordan’s interests.
According to the official Jordan Brand blog, MJ even agreed to stop riding motorcycles when he signed his first NBA contract, such was his love for the sport.
His NASCAR team isn’t his first foray into ownership: between 2004 and 2014, the iconic Jumpman logo was plastered on the racing bikes of riders on Team Jordan.
Automotive inspiration runs deep in the Jordan sneaker line, too. We all remember the Air Jordan 4 Retro ‘Motorsport’ release from 2017, but did you know the famed “Thunder and Lightning” pack from 2006 was also a tribute to Team Jordan racing?
The “Lightning” colorway — an Air Jordan 4 retro heavy on the yellow — is now considered a grail for many, given it hasn’t been seen since. Well, not until now anyway.
The Air Jordan 4 Retro ‘Tour Yellow,’ dropping on 8/28, brings back that long-awaited bright lightning-esque shade after a decade and a half of waiting.
Dressed in full-grain nubuck leather, the ‘Tour Yellow’ is the second release we’ve seen this month with a bright yellow look.
The 2021 cousin of the “Lightning” pair features black tooling, a white midsole and Dark Blue Grey accents to complete the picture.