Bubba Wallace says take a look at his nice, new ride.
It’s Wallace’s new red and white No. 23 Toyota Camry. The NASCAR world is starting to count down the final days to the Daytona 500, the sport’s first mega event of the season. So why not show off the rides.
Wallace’s new ride rocks Michael Jordans signature no. 23 and the color scheme is certainly a nod to Jordan’s legendary Chicago Bulls teams.
Wallace, in a tweet posted Thursday, dubbed the car debut as “New Year. New ride. Let’s Go.” His main sponsor is Door Dash, so the hashtag “readytodeliver” can either be food or race results.
And yes, Daytona is set for Feb. 14 on Fox.
Bubba Wallace Swapped Teams. Will He Have Concrete Results?
Bubba Wallace created a roar last fall when he announced that he was leaving Richard Petty Motorsports for a new squad.
That new team is 23XI racing. Two sporting superstars are the co-owners. The 23 is a nod to the number worn by Michael Jordan, the NBA legend. And XI or 11, is the number of the car always driven by fellow co-owner Denny Hamlin, who competes for Job Gibbs racing.
Hamlin is NASCAR royalty. But it’s Jordan’s first foray into pro racing. The team bought Germain Racing’s charter, which allows it to compete in 2021. Jordan, one of the best players ever in the NBA, already is the majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets.
Wallace is eying the Daytona 500. He finished second there in 2018. Hamlin, who has driven a Toyota for the past decade, comes into the race as the two-time defending champion. Hmmm.
Wallace has the reputation as a young, talented rider who has yet to pull in major results. He also spent much of last season using his platform to fight for social justice issues. Wallace successfully petitioned NASCAR to remove the Confederate flag from its tracks. He also publicly supported racial justice initiatives after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
It’s The Season for “No More Excuses”
This year, Bubba Wallace wants tangible results. He used social media to alert fans to his new mottos. Whether they impact his racing is another story.
As Wallace counted down days to the new year, he tweeted: “No more excuses.”
“There’s no more excuses why we can’t run up front,” Wallace said. “And compete for wins and show the true talents that I believe I have … If Jan. 1 was (the Daytona 500), then I’m ready for it.”
Wallace, 27, registered five top 10 finishes last year driving for Richard Petty Motorsports.
Wallace’s new team is fully funded for 2021. The red and white color of his car is a nod to Door Dash, the food delivery service. Other main sponsors that will appear on the car include McDonald’s, Columbia Sportswear, Dr. Pepper and Root Insurance.