REPORTS: Bubba Wallace Likely to Take Seat at Gaunt Brothers Racing After Daniel Suarez’s Exit

Published 09/16/2020, 11:51 AM EDT


NASCAR’s Silly Season is gathering pace quickly. Bubba Wallace jumping ship from Richard Petty Motorsports birthed a series of rumors and speculations. The obvious one was where Wallace would end up.

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But his exit from RPM ignited talks of who replaces him there, with Daniel Suarez’s name coming on top as a likely replacement. To add to the speculation, Gaunt Brothers Racing decided to part ways with Suarez with an announcement on Tuesday.

Now, as per emerging reports, Bubba Wallace might be heading to Gaunt Brothers Racing, in what could be a swap deal.

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Gaunt Brothers Racing is in its first full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team has good support from manufacturer Toyota, but it is yet without a charter.

Why Bubba Wallace to GBR is a strong possibility

Gaunt Brothers Racing is likely to have a lot going their way in 2021. New sponsors, a proper charter, backing from investors, and more support from Toyota would give them the impetus to do more as a Cup Series team.

Aug 16, 2020; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (43) wrecks his car in turn one during the Go Bowling 235 Road Course at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports | Credit: Reuters

Team owner Marty Gaunt also stressed on the team’s goals for quick success in the NASCAR Cup Series, with the introduction of the Next Gen car in focus.

“We’re laying important groundwork for improved goals next year that, ultimately, sets us up for success with the NextGen car in 2022,” Gaunt said.

We’re taking a methodical, long-term approach to our future and the next driver of our No. 96 Toyota will be an integral part of that development,” he added.

The introduction of Wallace, if it happens, can help them a great deal. Wherever Bubba Wallace goes, he will take with him a range of sponsors he signed recently. A team like Gaunt Brothers Racing can also benefit from that.

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Daniel Suarez’s move to RPM gathers pace

Sep 12, 2020; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez (96) races NASCAR Cup Series driver Chris Buescher (17) during the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports | Credit: Reuters

Meanwhile, Suarez’s move to Richard Petty Motorsports would also be an upgrade for him. The 28-year-old has raced for teams like Joe Gibbs Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing in the past.

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His association with Gaunt Brothers Racing ended just nine months after he had joined the team. It will be interesting to see whether a swap between Bubba Wallace and Daniel Suarez does take place. Either way, this is exciting news for Silly Season.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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