“Freedom Is, to Me the Ability to Be Able to Speak Up, Stand Out” – Bubba Wallace Shares a Beautiful Message for Juneteenth

Published 06/21/2022, 12:15 PM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 16: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald’s Toyota, speaks to the media during the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Bubba Wallace has established himself as a prominent figure in the world of NASCAR. No one can deny that, along the way, Wallace has faced issues being the only African American driver in the sport. Despite that, he has proudly represented himself in the sport.

Fortunately, the BET networks exist to celebrate inspirational people of different cultures, like Bubba Wallace. Using their platform, the #23 driver for Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin‘s team shared a message about what freedom means to him.

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He said, “Freedom is, to me the ability to be able to speak up, stand out.” Certainly, it’s a beautiful thought.

Bubba Wallace Reveals His Worst Critic

Darrell Wallace Jr. or as everyone knows him, Bubba Wallace has had eyes on him ever since he started racing in the Cup Series. Of course, he was fast, but he was also different. And this eventually led him to put even more stress on himself to perform better.

May 28, 2022; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) during Nascar Cup qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports.

In the process, Bubba made himself his “worst critic” as he revealed, “You know, when I make a mistake, I’m super hard on myself. And sometimes it’s okay to have a little bit of self-motivation, but when you stoop as low as I do, it’s tough to climb back out of. But I think I’ve graduated from that point in my life hopefully. I haven’t made a big enough mistake to let my mind tell me otherwise.”

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The driver displayed the struggles of being Bubba Wallace in his Netflix Series, Race: Bubba Wallace.

“It’s a lot, to be a race car driver. You get a glimpse of what it’s like. And that’s what I wanted to showcase for everybody tuning in. I wanted to show you how mentally, physically, emotionally, everything, draining that sport is and what it takes to be successful. There are always people out there – ‘NASCAR isn’t a sport’. Well, you get to see otherwise in this docu-series.”

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Bubba Wallace shared a beautiful and very inspiring thought on freedom. So, what is freedom according to you? Let us know in the comments.

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Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.

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