After weeks of rumors speculating where Bubba Wallace would land in 2021, the NASCAR world has answers now as Wallace to join a single-car team ran by NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan and current Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin.
The move was made possible after both Jordan and Hamlin purchased the charter from Germain Racing. Germain currently runs the single-car No. 13 Chevy team with Ty Dillon as their driver. The team will exit NASCAR following the 2020 season.
Wallace currently is the driver for the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 team and sits 23rd in points. 2020 has been the best season in Wallace’s young Cup Series career. He has a career-high five top-10 finishes and is on pace to have his best season-long average finish that currently sits at 20.5.
No news has been made in regard to number, manufacturer, official team name or sponsors.
Ross Chastain to join Chip Ganassi Racing
To start today’s massive news day for NASCAR, Chip Ganassi Racing announced that Xfinity Series playoff driver Ross Chastain will take over the No. 42 car beginning in 2021. He will replace Matt Kenseth, who originally replaced Kyle Larson after Larson’s use of a racial slur during an iRacing event.
Chastain, who currently drives the No. 10 for Kaulig Racing, leads the Xfinity Series in top-10 finishes with 23 and sits eighth in the playoff standings.
Cup Series to compete at COTA in 2021
The Cup Series will compete at the Circuit of the Americas road course in Austin, Texas starting next season. It will replace one of the two points races at Texas Motor Speedway. In exchange, Texas will host the All-Star Race next season.
COTA is a 3.426-mile course that opened in 2012. It currently hosts the United States Grand Prix for Formula 1 and IndyCar began competing there in 2019.
COTA becomes the fifth road course added to the 2021 Cup schedule, along with Watkins Glen, Sonoma Raceway, Charlotte Roval and the Daytona road course (Busch Clash).