Bubba Wallace made it clear that he won’t be returning to the No. 43 Chevrolet, forcing Richard Petty Motorsports to look for options elsewhere.
While RPM might not be able to attract top drivers in the race for their soon-to-be-vacant No. 43 car as they cannot provide the race-winning speed that these drivers need, there will surely be a host of drivers vying for the spot.
While Richard Petty Motorsports’ co-owner Andrew Murstein said that he is looking at Kyle Larson and Hailie Deegan, both the drivers might not join the team at this stage for varying reasons.
According to NASCAR reporter David Smith, one option that would be viable for RPM is Gaunt Brothers Racing’s No. 96 Chevrolet driver Daniel Suarez. Speaking on the ‘Positive Regression’ podcast with FOX Sports’ Alan Cavanna, Smith said:
“One driver that comes to mind that’s a more sensible replacement for Bubba Wallace is Daniel Suarez.
“He is a free agent going into the 2021 season. He’s driving for Gaunt Brothers Racing right now. That car ranks as the 31st fastest in central speed in the Cup Series. RPM has the 25th fastest car.
“While this isn’t the caliber of Joe Gibbs Racing or Stewart Haas, the teams Suarez is familiar with, this does represent a small upgrade. And could be the way he gets his Cup Series career back on track.”