Bubba Wallace will be sponsored by AfterShokz in the season-opening Daytona 500, Richard Petty Motorsports announced Tuesday.
Wallace, who is scheduled to make an appearance on NBC’s The Today Show on Wednesday, will have the producer of open-ear headphones on the hood of his No. 43 Chevrolet as me makes his second start in the “Great American Race.”
Wallace made history in 2018 when he placed second in the race, making him the highest finishing African-American driver in the race’s history.
“After last year, we know we can win the Daytona 500,” Wallace said in a press release. “Our team at Richard Petty Motorsports knows how to put together a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 that is capable of giving me the handling and speed I need.
“We raced up front last year at Daytona, both in the 500 and in July, so I expect us to do it that again. That’s going to make a great day for AfterShokz, too. I’m thrilled they are joining us in the journey this year. They have become friends of mine and we’re going to Daytona together to win it.”
Wallace enters the 2019 season with a new crew chief in Derek Stamets.
Wallace ended his rookie season 28th in the standings with three top 10s, including his Daytona 500 finish.