First his truck made it into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Now, NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace hopes someday he’ll be reunited with the truck if he is fortunate enough to make the Hall of Fame as an inductee.
The truck that Wallace drove to victory last fall at Martinsville, making him the first African-American driver to win a race in one of NASCAR’s top three classes in nearly 50 years, is on display at the Hall in Charlotte, N.C.
“I found out about 20 minutes after we won the race that they were thinking about putting our Tundra in the Hall of Fame,” Wallace said. “They told me to save the suit, gloves, helmet and shoes, too.”
The next step, the 20-year-old Wallace says, is to have himself inducted one day into the sport’s history palace.
“It was really, really cool to hear and that’s one of my ultimate goals is to be in the Hall of Fame,” Wallace said. “Now we have pieces of myself at the Hall, but I myself have yet to get in.
“I still have further in my career to go in order to get there and more confidence to get there. We’ll see what we can do, but it’s an honor to have our Tundra in the Hall of Fame.”
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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.
“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”
Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.
“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”