NASCAR: Bubba Wallace is ‘Ready’ for iRacing Event with Furry Co-Pilot

by Quentin Blount

NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace and his adorable co-pilot are geared up and ready for tonight’s iRacing event from Talladega’s virtual track.

The 2021 NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series is officially back for its second reason of the season. This year’s virtual series will feature some of the biggest names in all of NASCAR, as they compete in 10 just-for-fun races. Bubba Wallace, the driver of the No. 23 Toyota Camry for 23XI Racing is one of those racecar drivers. But he has a special co-pilot to help him navigate the big race on Wednesday night.

Bubba Wallace is always looking comfortable behind the wheel. So is it really any surprise that his dog looks just as comfortable as he does? The star driver took to social media about an hour before the race began to show off his iRacing rig and the co-pilot he trusts the most to help lead him to a win.

“We ready! @iRacing @Columbia1938” Wallace wrote alongside a photo of him and his fury friend.

Meanwhile, Wallace and his fellow drivers will be pulling double duty this week as they compete at Talladega Superspeedway. That will begin with Wednesday night’s NASCAR iRacing event from the 2.66-mile superspeedway.

If you are interested in turning in to NASCAR’s second iRacing exhibition race, it will be airing live beginning on Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. This year’s format has a two-lap, three-minute solo qualifying session and the race itself will be 70 laps with two resets.

The virtual racing series has been a huge hit so far with NASCAR fans dating back to last year. It grew significantly after the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who to Watch Other than Bubba Wallace at Talladega Virtual Race

While there will always be a ton of eyes on Bubba Wallace — both on the real track and on the virtual one — there are also several other racers to keep an eye on.

They say that anything can happen at Talladega. A prime example of just that happened at last year’s Pro Invitational Series race at Talladega. No one really considered Alex Bowman a favorite to win last year’s race. However, he managed to take home a victory despite Brad Keselowski and John Hunter Nemechek leading the most laps.

And like every NASCAR Cup Series visit to Talladega, there is always a chance for an underdog to come out on top. Last year, Corey LaJoie finished runner-up, just ahead of Ryan Preece and Garrett Smithley. And speaking of Smithley, he just finished fourth at the Bristol Dirt iRacing event last month.