“Pretty Fun” – Bubba Wallace on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

Published 08/17/2021, 9:52 AM EDT
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)


Bubba Wallace endured a fairly average race weekend at Indianapolis. He did not have a particularly good qualifying session, finishing all the way down in 27th place. Nevertheless, he rallied forth and scythed his way up the pack to finish all the way up in a fine 13th place.

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After the practice session, the 23XI Racing driver spoke about his session and a small incident on track. He said, “There was no damage. There was a smokescreen in front of me and I couldn’t feel much at all. I didn’t know I was locking up. That’s why I hate road course racing because it’s just that much, that’s how far I’m off. No damage, all good and stuff, right front flat. This track’s actually pretty fun.”

Wallace appreciated the high-speed sections and heavy braking zones. Overall, he felt that the track was quite fun to drive on. However, he did confess that he would have loved to tackle the curbs, but they had already been removed.

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Bubba Wallace is hoping to improve his position

Admittedly, the 23XI Racing team’s maiden season in the Cup Series has not gone according to plan. While team owners, Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan, were hoping for a couple of wins, the African-American driver has largely been stuck in the midfield. On the bright side, he does boast of a best finish of 5th place at Pocono.

Feb 28, 2021; Homestead, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace(23) races during the Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

However, that is the only time he has ever broken into the Top 10. Now, there are just two races left until the playoffs kick off, and his chances of qualifying are close to non-existent. Nevertheless, he has still done a respectable job in a new team and in a new car. Regardless of how Bubba Wallace has performed, it seems to be good enough for the team to entertain the idea of a second car.

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