The year 2020 found America at a cultural crossroads. This is the moment that found Bubba Wallace.
At just 26, the only full-time, African-American NASCAR driver decided to use his platform to amplify the message that even in this arena —where confederate flags fly free — black lives still matter. By doing so, Wallace accelerated the acceptance of new norms and became an agent of change for his sport, his country, and anyone who has ever been sidelined by roadblocks of race along the way. On October 26, 2013, Bubba became the first African-American driver to win in one of NASCAR's national series since 1963, winning the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway (Va.). Bubba once again raised the bar on Feb. 18, 2018 when he became the highest finishing African-American driver at the world-renowned Daytona 500, when he took the checkered flag in the 2nd position.