By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
Sponsorships for Bubba Wallace have been one of the main themes of his sophomore Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, mostly being a struggle finding one on a consistent basis.
That’ll all change Friday as Victory Junction Gang Camp will be sponsorsing his No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for 16 of the remaining 23 races, beginning this weekend at Pocono Raceway.
Not only Victory Junction have stepped up to the plate in helping Wallace’s Cup career, but one of Bubba’s primary sponsors, World Wide Technology (WWT), have further made their presence known.
WWT have also announced a collaboration effort with both Victory Junction and Richard Petty Motorsports after WWT founder and chairman David Steward made a leadership donation, which resulted in the collaboration taking place.
“Investments in diversity are critical for the long-term viability and future competitiveness of WWT. The same applies to the sport of racing,” said Steward. “As the only African American NASCAR driver in over 40 years, we have been honored to support Bubba Wallace. With the Victory Junction alliance, we will celebrate and enable kids with diverse challenges and perspectives to reach their fullest abilities.
“Given our family’s long history with Variety the Children’s Charity, BJC Health System and St. Jude’s, it was an easy decision to get involved with Victory Junction. Diversity matters. That is why we support Bubba. That is why we support Victory Junction.”
From his first ever visit at Victory Junction, Wallace said it was a impacting moment he’s never forgotten and hopes to make an everlasting difference to the camp, started by the Petty family in 2004.
“I remember when I was a kid, having a lot of fun going out and doing things with my friends, and Victory Junction provides that and gives each child the opportunity to simply be a kid,” said Wallace. “The camp makes these kids feel as special as they truly are. This is a great opportunity for NASCAR fans to support Victory Junction and make every kid feel special – to feel empowered. Fifteen years is a great accomplishment and I want to do my part to help Victory Junction reach another 15 years.”
Chad Coltrane, President and CEO of Victory Junction, said he understands the inspiration Wallace brings to the sport and by sponsoring Wallace’s car for 16 races, Coltrane’s confident that he can further represent the spirit of the camp due to his passions.
“NASCAR fans connect with drivers like Bubba and the causes they care about, so we’re excited for this opportunity to partner with Bubba Wallace, WWT and RPM,” said Coltrane. “Thanks to the generosity of the Steward family and WWT, we’ll be able to share the message of how Victory Junction helps children living with serious illnesses and medical conditions, and how fans can support that mission. We anticipate that other like-minded corporations and foundations will join WWT in the Victory Junction alliance in support of Bubba.”
Fresh off a strong fifth-place finish in the Monster Energy All-Star Race and scoring a 25th in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Wallace enters Sunday’s Pocono 400 29th in points.