Darrell Wallace Jr. just made history as he will become the first full-time African-American driver in the NASCAR Cup Series since Wendell Scott back in 1971.
Wallace was named the 2018 full-time driver for Richard Petty Motorsports.
“This is a dream come true to race for ‘The King’ Richard Petty Motorsports, the iconic No. 43 and for all the fans and partners that have and continue to support this team,” Wallace said in a news release.
“I believe in what Richard Petty Motorsports is doing and their desire to win races. I believe this team, its partners and fans are ready to see some great things again. I’m humbled that they have chosen me to take that next step with them.”
“We have hired a lot of different drivers in the past, but Wallace brings a lot of youth and talent to our team,” team co-owner Richard Petty stated in the release.
“He’s proven at a young age to be able to be consistent on a weekly basis, give feedback to the team to help improve the car and race hard to get the best finish possible.
“He knows how to win, too. His records leading up to the top levels of NASCAR speak for themselves.”