Bubba Wallace 2021 landing spots: Chip Ganassi Racing
Among Bubba Wallace’s potential landing spots for the 2021 season, Chip Ganassi Racing sticks out as the most likely option.
Wallace announced last month that he had been offered a contract by Chip Ganassi to replace Matt Kenseth behind the wheel of the #42 Chevrolet next year, but he admitted that he was still assessing all of his options.
Kenseth, who is more than three and a half years older than the next oldest full-time driver in the field at 48 years old, came out of retirement and replaced Kyle Larson after four races this season, as Larson was fired due to losing multiple sponsors as a result of his use of a racial slur during an iRacing event. He is clearly not the long-term answer for Ganassi’s team.
While Ganassi has said that he “has a plan” for Ross Chastain after surprisingly passing him up for Kenseth back in April, that may not involve a 2021 seat. Notably, Kurt Busch’s contract expires after next year.
Chip Ganassi Racing are one of the faster and more consistent teams in the Cup Series, and this would be a big step up for Wallace, who would be paired with Busch behind the wheel of the #1 Chevrolet for next year.
Most notably, Wallace has picked up a number of new sponsors over the last few months, and he already has a relationship with McDonald’s, which already have an established longtime relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing.