Bubba Wallace is gearing up for Daytona part two today. The always vocal NASCAR driver shares a post on social media about the Daytona road course.
It’s going to be a bit of a change-up for the stock car drivers. They’re used to only turning left, but now, these race car pilots will also be steering their cars in the right direction.
NASCAR and Bubba Wallace fans fill the comments with cheers of good luck and “let’s go.”
The NASCAR Cup Series Race at Daytona RC is a shoo-in after the annual race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California fell through before the 2021 season started. NASCAR found an easy answer. Instead of having the teams travel across the country, keeping them in Daytona for a week logistically made sense. And this time, instead of the Daytona 500 track that the drivers just completed last Sunday, the participants will take on the road course.
Instead of just making left-hand turns for a typical tri-oval, the race car drivers will follow the road course that includes a chicane on the backstretch.
Last year, NASCAR announced the Cup Series schedule will take drivers and race teams to three new tracks. What’s more, NASCAR is expanding to six road courses and placing a dirt-track race on the calendar for the first time in more than 50 years.
Bubba Wallace’s Year So Far
The 27-year-old from Mobile, Alabama has high hopes for the 2021 season. Wallace is driving for the newly formed team, owned by fellow driver Denny Hamlin, and NBA legend Michael Jordan. The car and team name, 23XI, give a nod to Jordan’s long-standing jersey number.
What’s more, Jordan has made it known that this team “doesn’t sign checks for losers,” so Wallace is doing his best to stay focused.
However, there have been a few setbacks but also wins for Wallace. The No. 23 race car failed inspection not once, but twice before the race. According to NASCAR’s rules, the team’s car chief was kicked off the grounds. The Toyota Camry passed on the third attempt but still had to start from the back of the field.
Wallace also made history in another way at the Daytona 500. Bubba Wallace is the first black driver to lead a lap during the Daytona 500. His name is also in the record books for the highest finish in the Daytona 500 by a black driver.
Things didn’t end the way that the 23XI team was hoping for at the Daytona 500. Wallace finished 17th after being caught up in a fiery, chaotic crash on the last lap of the race.