Richard Petty Motorsports has extended the contract of NASCAR Cup series driver Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr in a “multi-year agreement”.
NASCAR legend Richard Petty and Wallace had confirmed last week that negotiations over a new contract were progressing.
Wallace is currently undertaking his first full season in the series and is a contender for rookie of the year honours after a second place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500 and leading laps at Bristol.
He is 24th in the standings in what Petty has described as a learning year after RPM switched to Chevrolet from Ford ahead of 2018.
“Our highs have been well documented and so have our lows,” said Wallace. “It’s all a part of growing together as a team with a new alliance, a new shop, a new manufacturer, a new car and being a rookie driver.
“It’s a wild ride and I’m thankful to the Petty family for allowing me to be on it. Richard [Petty, co-owner] is competitive, and I think about winning in the #43 [car] all the time.
“We both want the same thing and we’re building that. Today allows us to get this confirmed and continue to focus on the future.”
Petty has continually made his support of Wallace known, and added: “We have faith in Bubba and in our team that we’ll continue to get better, together.
“This confirmation allows our partners to start building for next season and beyond.
“It also allows the different companies that we’re talking to now know that we’re very serious about building our future with Bubba as our driver.”