Bubba Wallace Sends Motivated New Years Day Message: ‘Seize the Opportunity’

by Suzanne Halliburton

Bubba Wallace is ready for 2021. New team. Check. New results?

Just as everyone was counting down to 2021, Wallace tweeted: “Happy New Year! New chapter begins for all of us, it’s up to you to capitalize and seize the opportunity! Let’s go to work.”

Bubba Wallace Switched Teams, Will Results Follow?

Bubba Wallace will be racing this year for a new team. He’ll drive for 23XI Racing, with its two impressive owners — Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan. Hamlin is a NASCAR mainstay. But it’s Jordan’s first foray into pro racing. The team bought Germain Racing’s charter, which allows it to compete this season. Jordan, one of the best players ever in the NBA, already is the majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets.

Last month, Wallace said he was counting the days until Jan. 1. He said to start this new year, he will work a new motto: “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.”

That race Bubba Wallace mentioned? The Daytona 500 is Feb. 14. He’ll be driving the No. 23 car, a Toyota Camry.

Wallace, 27, registered five top 10 finishes last year driving for Richard Petty Motorsports.

To NASCAR fans, Bubba Wallace is known primarily for his social justice causes. He successfully petitioned NASCAR to remove the Confederate flag from racetracks. He also publicly supported racial justice initiatives after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Wallace’s new team is fully funded for 2021.

His new team picked up five main sponsors last month. They include McDonald’s, Columbia Sportswear, Dr. Pepper, Door Dash and Root Insurance. Door Dash will be the main sponsor, with the company featured most prominently on the car.