NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace confirmed reports on Thursday that he would leave Richard Petty Motorsports, releasing a statement on social media. Wallace, 26, is competing in his third full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series and has raced only for RPM.
The 2020 season has been his strongest yet, with one top five result and five top-ten finishes, but speculation has been swirling about his future prospects for some time.
"This was not an easy decision as I have nothing but the utmost respect for Richard Petty and his family," Wallace wrote in a statement released on Twitter.
"But I believe it's time for someone else to take over the reins of the No. 43.
"Thank you to the King and everyone at Richard Petty Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to start my Cup Series career.
"I've grown so much as a driver and as a person since joining them.
"We've got nine more races together, and I hope we can finish the 2020 season on a high note."
Bubba Wallace is leaving Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of the season. https://t.co/IZ0JKDKnnD— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 12, 2020
Did he leave voluntarily or did Toxic SJW Bubba get pushed out? https://t.co/QyjmIWrGg9— W.E. Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) September 12, 2020
Acting career went down just like titanic pic.twitter.com/RZuRc3GtLL— Robert Jacob (@robertjacob0) September 13, 2020
@BubbaWallace @NASCAR Bubba seriously!! Do you really think these stats represent a driver who really deserves a top ride? We all know why you will get a seat in a good car! And you know it too. pic.twitter.com/TlqaOSNSZ4— Paul Burke (@PaulBur25824921) September 12, 2020
Bubba Wallace announces he will not return to the No. 43 car for the 2021 season.— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) September 10, 2020
Only 13 more 27th place finishes - and Bubba is done with No. 43. 😂