By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
Another new sponsor has signed on to sponsor Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace, Jr. and Richard Petty Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. World Wide Technology, a technology solutions company, will adorn the famous No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in six races this season.
World Wide Technology will make its’ first appearance on the RPM No. 43 at Kansas Speedway on May 12. The company will return to sponsor Wallace at Sonoma Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the Dover International Speedway Playoff race.
“This is big, and for them (World Wide Technology), I think this is just a try out,” Wallace said. “For a company as big as World Wide Technology, it’s a step into our sport. Introducing a new sponsor to something that could potentially grow into something much bigger is super exciting for us. It’s a pivotal weekend for us, all of the weekends have been pretty important for us. We’re trying out to impress everybody and anybody under the sun every weekend. We met these guys out at Texas, and Texas ended up being really good for us, had a solid run there. I think we really impressed them, and I think that was the final ticket.”
In additional to sponsoring Wallace and RPM, World Wide Technology will also provide one of the most iconic teams in NASCAR history data analytics consulting and technology solutions. The data and technology will be used to optimize the team’s on track performance. WWT will also embed a team of their data scientists within RPM to analyze sensor, environmental, and other data types.
“This isn’t just somebody that you go and do meet and greet with at the racetrack and represent their brand every time they’re on the car,” Wallace explained. “These guys will be in our shop, helping with our engineers, crew chief, to better our program. That’s one exciting thing about it. We had meetings months ago to try to find innovative ways to help our team grow. This is a huge step for us in multiple ways, sponsorship dollars, also for the competition side as well.”
10 races into the 2018 season, Wallace sits 22ndin the Championship Points Standings with one top-five and two top-10 finishes. He is 266 points behind Points Leader Kyle Busch, and 36-points behind Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. who holds the Playoff cutoff. In the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Points Standings, Wallace is 21-points behind William Byron.
Now Wallace and the entire RPM team will look to carry the wave of optimism into the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 6.