“You’d have to learn how to adapt”- Bubba Wallace emphasizes learning from NASCAR legends Richard Petty and Dale Inman.
Richard Petty is hailed as the King of NASCAR because of his illustrious career in the sport, and Bubba Wallace considers himself privileged to have a three-year-long association with him.
Wallace talks about his time with the formidable duo of Petty and Dale Inman on a podcast episode, as he highlights his days with RPM, with whom he used to run the number 43 car.
“The racing is totally different from back then. And so you’d have to learn how to adapt to that, and both of them did it,” Wallace said. “Richard, for both of them being in their 80s, it is incredible how in tune they were with the racecars, with the format of the races, whatever, the ins and outs of NASCAR.”
The team are among the most decorated teams in the sport and gained prominence in the 1970s. They extended their dominance and were termed as unstoppable, bagging seven titles till now.
“So while it was a little difficult hearing, ‘hey, this is what we tried back here in the 70s and 80s’. It’s like, well, it’s a little bit different now, a little bit faster, the cars are a little different!”
“But it was good to hear and understand the knowledge that they went through. And that they utilized to be the best that they can be,” concluded Wallace.
Plying trade with Michael Jordan
After spending a few successful years with Petty, Wallace allegiance now lies with Michael Jordan’s 23XI Racing for the new season, which has already gained massive spotlight because of the owner.
The franchise owned by Jordan made its debut in the cup series a few days ago. Talking about his team, the NBA legend has talked about how nervous he always feel about this venture.