Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. is an African-American professional stock car racing driver who grew up in Concord, North Carolina, United States. He was born in Mobile, Alabama, USA to white father Darrell Wallace Sr. and African-American mother Desiree Wallace.
Wallace Sr. owns an industrial cleaning company while Desiree a social worker and an alumna of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA where she ran track. Their daughter Brittany Wallace played basketball.
Competing full-time in the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) Cup Series, Bubba drived the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Richard Petty Motorsports. He broke several records as a racing driver.
As an activist, Bubba is an active supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. Here are 13 more facts about the African-American NASCAR driver:
- He won 35 out of the 48 Bandolero Series races held in 2005.
- He was 15 years old when he won at Franklin County Speedway in Virginia, USA in 2008, making him the youngest driver to do so and was named the 2008 United Auto Racing Association (UARA)-Stars Rookie of the Year.
- In 2010, he started competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, a regional and developmental series and was named the 2010 K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year, making him the first ever African-American to win such award in a NASCAR series.
- In 2014, he won in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in the Martinsville Speedway in Henry County, Ridgeway, Virginia, making him the first African-American driver to do so.
- In 2017, he won the U.S. Short Track Nationals Super Late Model 100.
- In 2017, he voiced Bubba Wheelhouse in “Cars 3,” a 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures.
- His preparation for his first Daytona 500 was documented in the reality web television series “Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace,” which premiered on Facebook Watch on February 15, 2018.
- In 2018, he was second in the Daytona 500, which made him the highest finishing biracial African-American driver in the competition.
- In 2018, he became the first African-American driver to have a full-time NASCAR ride since 1971.
- In 2019, he ranked third in the Brickyard 400, which made him the highest finishing African-American driver in the competition.
- He has a signature of former NASCAR driver Richard Petty tattooed on the back of his right thigh.
- His best friend Ryan Blaney is also a professional stock car racing driver competing full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series.
- As a racing driver, he considers the late professional auto racing driver and team owner Dale Earnhardt as one of his influences.