Formula One driver Sir Lewis Hamilton has bought a stake in the NFL franchise after joining its new ownership group.
The seven-time world champion teamed up with the Walton-Penner Family-Owned Group to take over the Denver Broncos for a reported $4.65 billion (£3.81 billion) in June – a record for an American sports franchise.
Sir Lewis announced the move on social media, accompanied by a picture of his dog, Roscoe, in a Broncos.
He said: “So excited to be joining an incredible group of owners and being a part of the @Broncos story!!
“It’s a great honor to work with a world-class team and an example of the value of more diverse leadership across all sports.
“Roscoe had thought he had formed the team.”
Rob Walton, heir to the Walmart fortune, is “delighted” to welcome the British racer to the team.
“He is a champion competitor who knows what it takes to lead a winning team and is a fierce advocate for global equality, including in his own sport,” he said. .
“With over 100 race wins, Lewis is considered the most successful F1 driver of all time.
“His unyielding spirit and standards of excellence will be an asset to the Broncos ownership and organization team.”
Hamilton was also greeted by Broncos full-back Russell Wilson, who moved from the Seattle Seahawks earlier this year, saying: “Winning is a habit!”
Stevenage-born Hamilton is widely regarded as one of the greatest F1 drivers ever and almost missed his eighth title. to Max Verstappen last year.
But he has had a disappointing 2022 season so far, sitting in sixth place with nine races remaining.
The ownership group is led by Mr. Walton and includes his daughter, Carrie Walton Penner, and her husband Greg Penner. Former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice joined the group last month.
The Broncos have won the Super Bowl three times, last winning the title in 2016.