Like most Americans, NASCAR star Bubba Wallace is hopeful that 2021 will be a lot better than 2020. Wallace, who is driving for Michael Jordan‘s NASCAR team this year, now has big supporters in the White House.
During Inauguration Day 2021, Wallace was in a joyful mood since Donald Trump is finally out of office after a tumultuous four years and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are now running the country.
Bubba Wallace helped change NASCAR’s culture
Bubba Wallace is the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top-level Cup Series. He is making history and inspiring young Black kids to pursue their dreams in every race he participates in.
Last summer, Wallace helped changed NASCAR’s culture. Confederate flags were banned at all race cites, a move long overdue. Although a noose was found in Wallace’s garage, that unfortunate incident brought all the drivers in NASCAR closer to Wallace. Bubba received support from all of his opponents. It was a big moment for NASCAR, which has historically been a white-dominant sport.
“The presence of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry. Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special,” NASCAR said in a statement over the summer. “The display of the Confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.”
Since he’s the only Black driver in NASCAR, Wallace made perfect sense to be picked by Michael Jordan as the lead driver of 23XI Racing. The Chicago Bulls legend is the first Black principal owner of a full-time Cup team since Wendell Scott drove his own car from 1961 to 1973.
2021 is shaping up to be a good year for Bubba Wallace on the NASCAR circuit. However, the 27-year-old is also excited about the country’s changes now that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are in the White House.
Bubba Wallace celebrates Inauguration Day 2021
Bubba Wallace took to social media to send a heartfelt message to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Inauguration Day. It has to be nice for the NASCAR superstar to have people in the White House who won’t tweet harmful things toward him.
During the noose controversy, Donald Trump responded to the FBI findings by directing a tweet at Wallace. The former Commander in Chief said, “Has [Bubba Wallace] apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!”
The FBI determined that the rope being fashioned into a noose shape was not a hate crime. That’s when Trump took to Twitter to bash Wallace and the noose hoax.
Luckily for Michael Jordan’s new driver, Bubba Wallace won’t have to deal with those kinds of statements anymore now that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are running America.
23XI Racing makes its debut at the 2021 Daytona 500
Bubba Wallace will make his debut with 23XI Racing on Feb. 14 at the 2021 Daytona 500. His best finish at the historic race was in 2018, when he placed second.
It’s going to be interesting to see if Wallace can get his first NASCAR win this year now that he’s got Michael Jordan behind him.