Darrell Wallace Jr. | Race Car DriverBuckle up racing fans, this 19-year old phenom—nicknamed “Bubba"—is only the fourth African-American to compete for NASCAR nationally. Now he’s gunning for that No. 1 spot, pedal to the metal. —MAURICE BOB
VIBE: Who taught you to drive?
Wallace Jr.: I’m self-taught, but when it comes to racing, I started racing go-karts at age nine. Pretty much every driver starts in go-karts.
When was your first crash?
My first crash was my first race. I was nine and [it was] down in Florida, it was a national event. They’re not as bad as you think. You’re strapped in and you got a seven-point harness, neck restraints and helmet.
If you win, will you drink chocolate milk?
[Laughs] No. I’m not a fan of milk, so unless we have a milk sponsor probably not.
Any racism in car racing?
Nothing has happened that I can remember. That’s how much better it’s gotten. I’ve had stuff thrown at me but that was when I was younger and I didn’t understand it.
Favorite car in the world?
Lexus LFA. It’s a sweet looking car, got a lot of horsepower, the dollar signs are pretty big, too.
What kind of music do you listen to before a race?
Rap, rock, but I’d have to go with Lil Wayne, Drake and 2 Chainz as my favorites right now.
Most recent fan moment?
One of the TSA guys at the airport was like, “Big fan of yours” and I was like “Thank you. Can you speed this line up?”