Yahoo reports if Bubba Wallace stays at Richard Petty Motorsports he could be a part owner of the team.
Team majority owner Andrew Murstein told Forbes that the team had offered an ownership stake in the No. 43 car to Wallace as a way to try to keep him at the team in 2021 and beyond. Wallace, who is set to be a free agent at the end of the season, confirmed the offer to NBC Sports on Sunday according to pit reporter Marty Snider.
Wallace is the only Black driver racing full-time in NASCAR. He has emerged as a mainstream name in 2020 thanks to his social justice activism, NASCAR’s ban of the Confederate flag and the discovery of a noose knot tied in his garage stall door rope at Talladega. That discovery — which led to a NASCAR-wide show of support for Wallace — led to no criminal hate crime charges after federal investigators and NASCAR determined that the rope had been tied like a noose since October of 2019.
He’s also shown himself to be capable behind the wheel with three top-10 finishes through 20 races for a RPM team that’s nowhere near the top of the NASCAR team power rankings. Wallace is currently 20th in the standings and his average finish of 20.0 is almost a four-spot improvement from 2020.
It makes total sense why RPM wants to keep Wallace. The team landed a partial-season Cash App sponsorship this summer and Wallace has attracted the financial backing of Worldwide Technologies. The money that Wallace brings to the team through his mainstream appeal is vital for the team’s performance and balance sheets.
But it also makes total sense why Wallace would want to explore his options. Rides are potentially available at teams like Stewart-Haas Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and maybe even Chip Ganassi Racing. They’re all upgrades compared to RPM’s equipment.