Bubba Wallace will not be returning to Richard Petty Motorsports. In a statement posted on his Twitter with no caption, Wallace explains his decision. He writes, “I believe it’s time for someone else to take over the reins of No. 43.”
The team and Wallace still have nine races together in the 2020 NASCAR season, and he notes they hope to end on “a high note.”
Fans are already posting images of Wallace and Petty, reflecting on the racer’s time in the organization. Twitter user Justin Champagne shared images of the two laughing together. Bubba Wallace recently honored the Petty in the Darlington Throwback race, giving a nod to D. K. Ulrich’s borrowed bright green car.
Though Bubba Wallace failed to qualify for post-season playoffs this year, he has had a successful summer in other aspects of his career. The driver has gained five sponsors during recent months during the pandemic. Most recently, he added Kingsford to his collection of partnerships.
Richard Petty Motorsports has not released an official statement on the driver’s decision via social media yet. RPM hasn’t removed Wallace from their ‘team’ page on their website, though ESPN reports that the team confirmed Wallace’s move. “RPM confirmed that Wallace, who is in his third full season but has yet to win a race at the Cup Series level, will not be returning after the season,” ESPN writes. RPM’s most recent post about Bubba was yesterday, September 9, showing Bubba Wallace’s flashy throwback look.
While no new team deal has been confirmed, The Athletic reports Wallace has been talking to other organizations, including Chip Ganassi Racing.