With silly season not kicked into high gear, there are still plenty of rumors about who might land where for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.
Chip Ganassi Racing is likely looking for a long-term replacement in the 42 car after they parted ways with Kyle Larson earlier this season and Matt Kenseth’s long-term future in the air.
One driver who could be a potential fit with Ganassi Racing is Bubba Wallace who is currently with Richard Petty Motorsports in the 43 car.
Adam Stern of Sports Business Journal tweeted on Friday that Wallace is exploring his options for the 2021 season and that Ganassi Racing could be a possibility for the 26-year-old.
McDonald’s has been an associate sponsor and partner with Wallace and Richard Petty Motorsports since last season and served as the primary sponsor for the 43 car for the Atlanta races in 2019 and 2020.
McDonald’s has also been a partner with Chip Ganassi Racing over the last decade and was one of the many sponsors who backed out of their relationship with Larson after the driver used a racist-term during an iRacing event in April. Ganassi Racing terminated their deal with Larson soon after.
For Wallace, this would be a great opportunity for him in his NASCAR career. Wallace is having his best season statistically of his Cup Series career with three top ten finishes and is currently 20th in the point standings, 100 points out of the playoffs which starts on September 6th.
If he were to move from Petty to Ganassi, it would be an upgrade in equipment and would make him an instant playoff contender. Ganassi Racing has been a playoff contender in each of the last several seasons with Kurt Busch, their other driver currently in the playoffs right now.
However, Petty Motorsports has stuck by Wallace and gave him his opportunity in the Cup Series a few seasons ago so the decision if it comes to that point will be tough on Wallace but it should be interesting to see what the future holds for the bright rising star in NASCAR.