As the NASCAR Cup Series season continues on Sunday with the Coca-Cola 600, Bubba Wallace is making sure fans know this one is about remembrance.
The Coca-Cola 600 is set to begin at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 30, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Overall, it is the longest scheduled event of the NASCAR season. For NASCAR drivers and fans alike, it is a time to show gratitude to our United States military members that gave their lives in the line of duty.
And as for 23XI Racing driver Bubba Wallace, he has something special in line for today. Wallace took to social media earlier this week to show off the new paint scheme for his No. 23 Toyota Camry. And he did so just in time for Memorial Day Weekend.
Wallace’s newest ride, like many other Cup Series drivers, will showcase a patriotic-themed color scheme this weekend to honor America’s men and women in the armed forces. He will be repping Door Dash as his main sponsor and will feature an all-black paint job with white accents. Although it is not quite the red, white, and blue, you’d envision when thinking about patriotism, Wallace’s car isn’t done there.
If you take a close look, the No. 23 will also feature the stars and stripes from the American flag. And on a more personal level, Bubba Wallace will be honoring Staff Sergeant Paul Velazquez on his car. Staff Sergeant Velazquez gave up his life fighting for our country, and Wallace will be displaying a “SSG VELAZQUEZ” decal in honor of the fallen hero.
“A race of remembrance,” Wallace tweeted. “Tune in at 6:00 pm!”
NASCAR Fans React to Bubba Wallace Tweet Prior to Coca-Cola 600
There is no doubt that Memorial Day weekend is always a sentimental time of year. And since it lands right in the thick of things during NASCAR season, Memorial Day and NASCAR races almost go hand-in-hand at this point. So, fans of the sport were appreciative of Bubba Wallace’s honorable paint scheme ahead of the big race.
“Ride like the wind!!! Great car colors. Thank you 🇺🇸🏁🇺🇸🏁,” one fan responded.
“Amen, Bubba!” another follower said. “All gave some and some gave all.”
Meanwhile, one NASCAR fan and military veteran even went as far as to offer the NASCAR driver a token of his appreciation.
“If I wanted to mail you a coin from one of the Marine Corps units I served with as a token of my appreciation, where would I send it to?”
You can watch the race live on FOX. Mike Joy, Clint Bowyer, and Jeff Gordon will be providing coverage from the broadcast booth.