Additionally, Dunlap tweeted that Rick Ren will not be retained as KBM general manager due to the team’s consolidation.
Team owner and Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch said during this year’s season finale at Homestead-Miami that he was going to end his squad’s efforts in the Nationwide Series due to a lack of funding; Parker Kligerman, who drove full-time for KBM’s No. 77 Nationwide team, has since moved up to the Cup level with an expanded, two-car team at Swan Racing.
As for Wallace, he’ll look to build upon a solid rookie season in the Trucks. 19-year-old “Bubba” finished eighth in points this year with the aforementioned win at Martinsville plus five Top-5 and 12 Top-10 finishes to his credit.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.