According to Google’s Year in Search 2020, NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman was Google’s most-searched athlete of 2020.
Newman is joined by Bubba Wallace in the top 5 for the category, according to the search engine’s data for the United States. Additionally, Newman also made the top-five list of the “People” category.
Newman beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady to the first position while Wallace was the third-most searched athlete of 2020. Mike Tyson came fourth and French basketballer Rudy Gobert made the list on the fifth position.
Newman was involved in a horrific last-lap crash during the Daytona-500 in February 2020. Newman was leading the race and approaching the finish line when contact with Ryan Blaney’s car turned Newman’s car into the outside wall. He was then hit by an onrushing car of Corey LaJoie, sending Newman’s car in the air before landing upside down.
Fortunately, Newman didn’t suffer from any major damage and could return to racing after missing three races.
As for Bubba Wallace, it has been a year with a lot of feats. First, he was a major part of the change that engulfed NASCAR regarding ending racial injustice in the sports.
Then, he was later involved in an incident involving an alleged hoax, which he believed was directed towards him.
This year also marked Wallace ending his association with Richard Petty Motorsports and joining Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin partnered 23XI Racing team.