Bubba Wallace has made quite the name for himself over his NASCAR career, and now, it appears we’re gonna have the opportunity to hear from him like never before.
The 28-year-old will be the star of ESPN E60 special, titled Fistful of Steel- The Rise of Bubba Wallace.
ESPN said in a statement:
“Featuring exclusive interviews with his immediate family and some of the biggest names in racing, ‘Fistful of Steel’ delves into the history of race in NASCAR and provides an unprecedented portrait of Wallace, whom viewers see as never before.”
They shared the trailer of the upcoming documentary on their Twitter page, with a caption that reads:
“You know his name… but not his story. The most polarizing driver in America like you’ve never seen him before.”
You know his name … but not his story.
The most polarizing driver in America like you've never seen him before.
You hear Wallace say at the beginning of the trailer:
“I am the only one, so embrace that I am Black, accept it, and enjoy the journey because you are not going to stop hearing about the Black driver.”
From growing up in Alabama, to his cousin being killed by police, being the only black driver in NASCAR, and the infamous the 2020 fake noose incident… the documentary will give race fans an in-depth look at all things Bubba Wallace.
A lightning rod in the sport, Bubba Wallace has drawn praise as a figure for racial justice in NASCAR, and as a bridge builder in the sport. However, he’s also drawn ire for being such a constant political focus in the sport without ever winning a race… until last season.
He won the first Cup Series race of his career this past year, when he took the checkered flag after a rain delay caused a stoppage at Talladega. Wallace became the first Black driver to win a Cup Series race since Wendell Scott in 1963.
“Treating everyone equal is not political, but when the Black guy says it’s political, oh well.”
Produced by Mike Farrell, John Minton and Lauren Stowell, the new documentary features interviews with Jimmie Johnson, Richard Petty, Ned Jarrett, and more.
The ESPN special is set to drop on December 14th at 7:30 ET on ESPN.