Popular NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace recently gave his fans some insight about why he painted “Black Lives Matter” on his vehicle.
Bubba Wallace joined Shannon Sharpe on his weekly podcast Club Shay Shay. The podcast is hosted by Sharpe – a 3x Super Bowl champion, Pro Football Hall of Famer, and co-host of Undisputed on Fox Sports 1. Each week Sharpe sits down with athletes, celebrities, and influencers to break down, analyze and discuss the latest headlines in sports, pop culture, and everything in-between.
In the most recent episode, Bubba Wallace and Sharpe discuss racial justice along with Wallace being the only full-time African American racer at NASCAR’s top level. And they talk about how athletes are at the forefront of social change.
“I remember you showing up to the track driving the all-black “Black Lives Matter” car and “I can’t breathe” T-shirt. What was going through your mind? What made you decide today is the day I’m going to do this?” Sharpe asks Wallace during the sit down.
Bubba Wallace says it only took about ten minutes for them to decide to put the message on his vehicle.
“It was brought to me like ‘hey, this race is unsponsored.’ That was right around black-out Tuesday,” Wallace recalls. “I was like ‘hey, let’s just put #blacklivesmatter. And so that was it.”
He goes on to say the goal was to turn his car into one about “love, compassion, and understanding.”
“Richard Petty was like ‘okay, let’s put the peace symbol here and put something on the hood,” Wallace explains. “And I was like okay, let’s make this a love, compassion, and understanding car that everyone can rally behind. It was a very controversial deal but it ended up being just an incredible moment.”
Listen to the full interview below:
Bubba Wallace Praises Tom Brady After Super Bowl Victory
It seems as though Bubba Wallace is a football fan in addition to being a NASCAR driver.
After leading the Buccaneers to just their second Super Bowl in franchise history, Brady got a shoutout from the NASCAR driver. And even though Wallace and Brady differ when it comes to their professional careers, that didn’t keep Wallace from congratulating Brady on his milestone.
The 27-year-old racing star took to Twitter after the game on Sunday night to commend Tom Brady on his seventh Super Bowl win.
“Another 7time.. Amazing #TB12,” Bubba Wallace wrote on Twitter.
The 43-year-old Brady has aged like fine wine. He has now officially joined the exclusive “Seven Titles” club. Other members included in the esteemed group include Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Valentino Rossi, Dale Earnhardt, and Jimmie Johnson.