A new prominent investor has joined the Walton-Penner group as it prepares to complete the acquisition of the Denver Broncos by a group led by Walmart heir Rob Walton on August 9.
Lewis Hamilton, a seven-time Formula One champion, will now have an ownership stake, according to a Tuesday morning announcement from Walton. Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who became a group investor last month, is now joined by Hamilton.
Rob Walton said in a statement, ” We’re delighted to welcome seven-time Formula One World Champion Sir Lewis Hamilton to our ownership group. He is a champion competitor who knows what it takes to lead a winning team.”
On Tuesday, Hamilton tweeted his excitement about becoming a member of the Broncos ownership group.
The Denver Broncos and Hamilton
With three Super Bowl victories and more Super Bowl appearances overall than losing seasons under Pat Bowlen’s ownership, the Broncos have been among the NFL’s most successful teams in the Super Bowl era. They also currently have the richest ownership group in the league.
The 37-year-old Hamilton holds the Formula One record for race wins in addition to his record-tying seven championships (with Michael Schumacher) (103). He placed second in the Hungarian Grand Prix last week, moving him up to sixth in the driver standings for this year.