Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace: How Lewis Hamilton inspired NASCAR star

But Hamilton wasn’t just breaking records. As F1’s first black driver, Hamilton was also breaking down barriers — and inspiring young up and coming drivers like NASCAR’s Darrell “Bubba” Wallace.

“There was nobody to identify with,” Wallace tells CNN Sport’s Don Riddell. “I remember always playing the F1 2010-11 game on Xbox and I’d pick Lewis Hamilton every time. I became a huge fan of his and see what he’s going through. He’s a huge role model of mine.”

Back in 2010, Wallace didn’t know it, but he was also destined to make motorsport history.

The first full-time, African-American NASCAR driver since the early 1970s, Wallace stole some of the spotlight from Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon last month after he finished second.

It was the best performance by an African-American driver in the…

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