Bubba Wallace will get the opportunity to race on the same track as F1 and Lewis Hamilton did when NASCAR visits Circuit of the Americas.
Having admired and looked up to Hamilton, the 23XI Racing driver is pretty excited about the prospect of racing on the same track. Hamilton has won five in eight starts in the track.
As for Wallace, he comes at the back of an 11th place finish at Dover, his best with the 23XI Racing in the Cup Series.
“I’ve been excited about this place,” Wallace told NBC Sports. “As bad of a road racer that I am, I’ve always wanted to race at COTA just because I’ve watched it from the F1 races and played it a ton on the F1 games on the computer. To see that we’re finally going there and getting to run some laps there and test there a couple of weeks ago, was really cool.
“It will be a lot of chaos. It won’t be like F1. I remember my first laps on the (simulator). I was trying to drive it like an F1 car and blew through the first corner.”
Wallace has spoken of his desire to meet Hamilton one day in the future. But he thinks they will converse about an online game that they’ve played together when they meet.
“It probably would be about ‘Call of Duty,'” Wallace said.
Wallace will have other reasons to be excited for too for the COTA race as he will have additional sponsorship in the form of DraftKings in his car and uniform. Additionally, DraftKings will be the primary sponsor of Wallace’s car on June 27 at Pocono Raceway.