Darrell Wallace Jr. has landed a full-time seat with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series, becoming the fourth African-American driver in NASCAR history to race full-time on one of the three top series.
The 19-year-old driver said he’s delighted to have the opportunity to throw the doors wide open for other minorities who want to race.
“That’s cool. I’m going to do the best I can to take that number from four to 30 in 10 years or so,” Wallace told USA Today. An Alabama native, Wallace believes the best way to create opportunities for other minority drivers is to win. Up until now, NASCAR hasn’t had a black driver who could be a role model for aspiring athletes, like Tiger Woods in golf.
“Young African-Americans want to see who they can be like. They look at NASCAR, and is there anybody there? No. Now it’s my job to perform well on track and off track for kids of color … and for people to say, ‘There’s someone we can look up to now,'” Wallace added.
Only Wendell Scott, Willy T. Ribbs and Bill Lester have run full seasons in one of NASCAR’s top three series, with Scott’s 1964 Cup win in Jacksonville being the only victory by a black driver.