Race: Bubba Wallace – NASCAR Driver’s Girlfriend Opens Up on the Branching Effects of His Feud With Father

Published 02/25/2022, 9:55 AM EST
LEBANON, TENNESSEE – JUNE 20: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 DoorDash/PetSmart Toyota, girlfriend, Amanda Carter, and pet dog, Asher pose for photos in the garage area during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway on June 20, 2021 in Lebanon, Tennessee. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Netflix’s docu-series, ‘Race: Bubba Wallace’, takes its viewer inside the life of the NASCAR driver and not only opens up a lot of doors in understanding him better but understanding his struggles better. The six-episode series covers his struggles, his fears, his relationships and his professional ambitions in a very intimate way.

And in Episode 4 of the series, Wallace’s girlfriend Amanda Carter reveals how his feud with his father affected his relationship with her.

Wallace, whose parents got divorced when he was younger, was suffering from depression in that period of his life. But the bigger problem was, he didn’t open up about it to anyone.

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Naturally, the problems began branching out to other aspects of his life, including his relationship with Carter.

“We had a pretty rough patch in our relationship for about a year,” she said. “We were actually struggling in our relationship when he came to me and said how he was struggling mentally, and that was the first time.” 

“I definitely think a lot of it stems from his parents’ divorce,” Carter described. “He really cares about his relationship with his father, and it’s not there at the moment. “

She added how despite it being hard to watch, over the last couple of years, she has learned how to help him, how to calm him down, and bringing things “back to reality.” 

Bubba Wallace admits depression affected his racing and his self-image

In the same episode, Wallace opens up about his struggles with his mental state, how it’s a downward spiral that began to affect all ends of his life.

“My mental state has definitely taken me out of a lot of races throughout the last three or four years,” Wallace said. I became one of those haters. I became the person sitting in the stands that boos me.”

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“‘You suck. You can’t do this. Your teammates are lapping you. You got the same stuff they do, and you’re pathetic.'”

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 16: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald’s Toyota, waits on pit lane during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Nevertheless, today, Bubba Wallace has come out from under the “dark cloud.”

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As a result, he is doing much better in his personal life as well as his professional life.

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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