Bubba Wallace is paying homage to one of the first Black NASCAR drivers with his latest paint scheme for Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway. The 23XI Racing team released a video showing the new look on Tuesday. Wallace said it gave him “chills” to see it.
Wallace tweeted “Chills. Ready to bring this scheme back to the track. @23XIRacing I @root_insurance I @WendellScott_34,” along with the video.
Text that plays throughout the video reads, “This Sunday at Darlington we look to the past to propel the future. We honor Wendell Scott. Progress started here.”
The sky blue paint job prominently displays the Root Insurance logos. It also includes a photo of Wendell Scott with his name behind the front wheel wells. The color isn’t far off from an older model of Richard Petty’s blue No. 43 car. A car Wallace would later drive.
Wallace is the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s only Black driver. And Michael Jordan, who is part owner of 23XI, is one of two black team owners. He shares that distinction with another former NBA player, Brad Daugherty, who is part owner of JTG Daugherty Racing.
This is the second week in a row that Wallace’s 23 Toyota is sporting a new paint scheme. Last week, the team unveiled the Dr. Pepper Zero Sugar red and black paint scheme.
Bubba Wallace Hopes To Improve After Last Week’s Race
Bubba Wallace drove well for the first stages of the Buschy McBusch Race 400 on Sunday at Kansas Speedway, but during the final stage things went haywire.
In an attempt to pass Alex Bowman, Wallace bumped the car but ended up losing control and nearly hitting the wall. Wallace was somehow able to keep the car from careening into the wall and save what he could from the race. Bowman took some damage as well, likely costing him a better finish.
The sportscasters were awe-struck as they watched this unfold in real-time. The two announcers were certainly impressed with Bubba Wallace’s maneuver to save himself from worse damage. “He was sideways! It all started in the apex, right in the center of one and two. Man! He rode it right on the edge, and the wall saved him, to be honest with you. That was for sure a caution right there!”
Wallace would only finish 26th in the race. Bowman was able to hold on and finish in the top 20 in 18th place.
Kyle Busch took first place, with Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Matt DiBenedetto, and Chase Elliot rounding out the Top 5.