Earlier this month, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace announced that he planned on leaving Richard Petty Motorsports.
“This was not an easy decision as I have nothing but the utmost respect for Richard Petty and his family, but I believe it’s time for someone else to take over the reins of the No. 43,” Wallace said in a Twitter post.
“Thank you to the King and everyone at Richard Petty Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to start my Cup Series career. I’ve grown so much as a driver and as a person since joining them. We’ve got nine more races together, and I hope we can finish the 2020 season on a high note.”
Wallace has yet to win a Cup race during his three seasons driving for Petty. He has a career-best five top-10 finishes this season and is ranked 23rd in the Cup standings, also a career best.
Many thought he might be finished with this decision. We had no idea what was to come.
On Monday, it was reported that Denny Hamlin joined Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan to form a NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as the driver, marking a high-profile pairing of a Black majority team owner and the only Black driver at NASCAR’s top level.
Shortly after it was announced that Wallace would be the driver for ‘His Airness’ in 2021, he tweeted the following message for his haters: “And they thought I was done after this year…Goodnight peeps!”
Jordan joins former NBA player Brad Daugherty, a partner at JTG Daugherty Racing, as the only Black owners at NASCAR’s elite Cup level.