Netflix announces documentary series featuring NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace


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Netflix is set to release a series featuring Bubba Wallace, the only Black NASCAR Cup Series driver.

James Mackey, Reporter

Bubba Wallace is the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top series.

He has been a primary figure in the sport’s fight against racism and discrimination.

Last season, Wallace spearheaded the effort to ban the Confederate Flag, as well as any and all representations of the flag at NASCAR sanctioned events.

After the death of George Floyd — as well as many other Black Americans, Wallace sported an “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirt, and ‘Black Lives Matter’ scheme on the Richard Petty Motorsports 43, at Martinsville last year.

Wallace has been a conduit for change in the sport and is supported by countless active drivers, and legends, as seen in a video posted to his Twitter in 2020.

Yet, Wallace made nationwide headlines after a controversy that was sparked by a garage door pull rope.

The rope, which was reportedly fashioned in the form of a noose, was attached to the door of the garage stall that the RPM 43 team was assigned at Talladega — the first race in Alabama following the ban of the Confederate flag.

NASCAR would go on to investigate the incident and ultimately declare it the result of an unfortunate misunderstanding.

Wallace is in his first season with Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin’s race team, 23XI, after RPM signed Erik Jones to drive the 43 this season.

Netflix announced Thursday, that they would be teaming up with Wallace to make a documentary on the 2021 season, through the eyes of the sport’s only Black driver in the top series.

Yahoo! Sports writer Nick Bromberg set the backdrop for the new racing documentary.

“While F1 has had ‘Drive to Survive’, the only major NASCAR entry has been a comedy series called ‘The Crew’, starring Kevin James. The series wouldn’t look out of place on a TV network in the summer as a replacement show with a cheap laugh track and formulaic casting and jokes. Hopefully Wallace’s documentary series shows some originality,” Bromberg wrote.

Netflix has yet to announce a date for the series to begin streaming.