Bubba Wallace Is Smitten By Potential Paint Scheme for No. 23 Car

by Quentin Blount

NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace took to social media on Friday to express his excitement for a potential new paint job for his No. 23 car.

The original concept design came from paint scheme designer and racing fan, Patricio Esteban. He posted the concept art on his personal Twitter page writing, “Oh Yes. #bubbawallace #mcdonalds #nascar #toyota #letsgoplaces #camry.”

The paint scheme features a red, white, and yellow design with a McDonald’s logo on the hood. The McDonald’s name is also seen elsewhere on the car.

Esteban’s tweet clearly caught the attention of Wallace, who retweeted the design to his more than 460,000 followers.

“Shooooooweeeee. I’m lovin it 🔥🔥🔥🔥” Wallace wrote on Twitter.

Bubba Wallace’s primary sponsors for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season were recently announced last month. They feature a trio of familiar food-related companies, including Door Dash, Dr. Pepper, and of course, McDonald’s. Additionally, Wallace is also being sponsored by Columbia Sportswear and Root Insurance.

DoorDash, McDonald’s, and Columbia all sponsored Bubba Wallace last season when he was with Richard Petty Motorsports. In fact, McDonald’s has a long history in stock-car racing, most famously sponsoring 1988 series champion Bill Elliott, father of current champion Chase Elliott. More recently, they’ve been with Chip Ganassi Racing drivers such as Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson, and Matt Kenseth.

Bubba Wallace Moves to Team 23XI Racing in 2021

As NASCAR’s only full-time black driver, Wallace vaulted into the national spotlight during the 2020 racing season. He is well-known for actively backing social justice protests.

Meanwhile, Wallace has also been performing well on the track. He’s posted five top 10s and an average finish of 21.1, which is the best in his full-time Cup career. The previous three seasons he has driven in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro.

But for 2021 Wallace is moving to the new team of 23XI Racing (pronounced “23 Eleven”) in the No. 23 Toyota Camry. The team is owned by NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan and Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 driver Denny Hamlin.

“Today is a big day for us at 23XI Racing,” Hamlin said in a press release. “To be able to announce the addition of five founding partners who are willing to join us in our first year and who share in our beliefs and values is such a great feeling. We’ve certainly had to make things happen fast to build this new team, and I’m excited to welcome each one of these partners and to get to know them better.”