Bubba Wallace Origins: Who Are His Parents? Inside His Ethnicity & Early Beginnings

Published 11/20/2021, 10:55 AM EST
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 29: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet, stands by his car before qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)


Bubba Wallace is steadily becoming a star in the NASCAR Cup Series arena. He is the son of Darrell Wallace Sr. and Desiree Wallace, and brother to Brittany Wallace. The family originates from Alabama, but the driver was raised in North Carolina. It is worth mentioning that his father is Caucasian and his mother is African-American. Wallace Sr owns an industrial cleaning company, while his mother is a social worker.

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Bubba Wallace attended the Northwest Cabarrus High School in North Carolina. Fellow NASCAR driver Corey LaJoie is a notable alumnus of the same school. It is also likely that the two of them became friends over there, and it has carried on through their NASCAR careers.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JULY 05: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet, stands by his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

In terms of his religious beliefs, Bubba Wallace is a Christian, and he has done a lot for the religion. On one occasion, he decided to auction off a front bumper from a crash with Michael McDowell. Owing to that, he helped raise $20,034 for a Christian non-profit organization called Motor Racing Outreach.

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What else to know about Bubba Wallace?

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The African-American driver also confessed that he has often had to combat depression through his career. He said, “I didn’t know that was so effective on so many people.

“That was just me speaking out about it. Yeah, I’m going through this. That’s part of it. From family to fans to crew members, just reaching out and saying, `thanks for talking about it.’ I didn’t know how big of an impact it would have.”

HAMPTON, GA – FEBRUARY 22: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 McDonald’s Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 22, 2019 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

However, Wallace kept it to himself for a long time. It was only in early 2019 that he finally decided to come clean to his family and fans. Whatever the case, it was a really brave step, and he soon learned that he was not alone in the fight. Now, he should hopefully be in a better place and looking forward to the 2022 season, as he is getting a new teammate in the form of Kurt Busch in the other 23XI Racing car.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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