Bubba Wallace has certainly, undoubtedly, brought light to many dark areas in NASCAR as well as changed, or at least, made everyone reconsider certain accepted norms in the sport. One of them is the idea of a racecar driver being this tough person who will swallow just about every hardship in life with ease.
The 23XI Racing driver opened up on his struggle and journey through depression a few years ago. Wallace also revealed in a 2020 interview with Carlos Watson the reasons or factors that added fuel to his depression.
“I’m an open book. You know, the whole depression thing, my girlfriend and I were going through a breakup at that time, the on-track performance was not there, trying to do everything I could, holding everything in,” he said.
"It all came out at once and I was just like, ‘Yeah I’m not good. I’m depressed. I’m not happy about anything. Nothing’s going right,'” said Wallace.