NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace left Richard Petty Motorsports after the season

NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace will leave Richard Petty Motorsports after the 2020 season, he announced on social media on Thursday.

“It was not an easy decision because I have nothing for Richard Petty and his family, but I believe it is time for someone else to take over the reins of Number 43.” Said in a twitter post.

“Thank you to everyone at Kings and Richard Petty Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to start my Series Series career. I’ve grown so much as a driver and as a person since joining them. We got a There have been nine more races together. And I hope we can finish the 2020 season on a high note. ‘

Wallace has so far won a cup race for Paytm during his three seasons of driving. He has a career-best top-10 finish this season and is 23rd in the cup standings, also a career-best.

He has signed several sponsorship deals that have been negotiated in such a way that Wallace can take him with him if he relinquishes RPM. His new partners include Door Dash, Columbia Sportswear Company, Cash App and a private deal with Bir. He also has an affiliation with McDonald’s, one of the sponsors of Chip Ganassi Racing.

It is unclear where Wallace is headed as several of NASCAR’s leading teams with available seats told the Associated Press that they were not in play for the driver. Wallace’s agent did not return a request for comment from the Associated Press.

Wallace, the only black driver to compete full-time in NASCAR at the national series level, has received national attention for the past several months as an activist, leading conversations among his peers about racial equality.

He was in national headlines in June when he said during an interview with CNN that NASCAR should ban the Confederate flag from all its tracks. Two days later, NASCAR imposed a ban, stating that the flag at its events was “contrary to our commitment to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry.”

He was also in the news after announcing by NASCAR that a noose was found in his garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama. The day after the race, NASCAR announced that the FBI had determined that Wallace was not a victim of a hate crime and that a rope drawn like a noose was placed at Gallade’s door which he had assigned to the executioner. October 2019, when the previous Cup Series race was held on the track.

Richard Petty Motorsports said it would end the season with Wallace and announced its plans for a new driver at a later date. The team has had difficulty landing sponsorship – the reasons why No. 43 has struggled to be competitive – and there is speculation that the team will be absorbed by a new owner.

“We look forward to the next chapter for the prestigious Chapter 43 team,” the team said in a statement. “We will announce our new driver in the future.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.