Netflix announces Bubba Wallace documentary series

Feb 14, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) waves to fans during driver introductions before the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Netflix is in production on a documentary series involving Bubba Wallace and his journey with the newly formed 23XI Racing Team, the company announced Thursday.

Per Netflix, “the series will take viewers behind the scenes of the 2021 NASCAR season through the eyes of the only Black driver at the top level of the sport, and will explore Wallace, 23XI Racing, and NASCAR’s efforts to advocate for inclusion and equality in racing and beyond.”

Wallace, 27, shared his excitement for the upcoming series over social media.

“You know me…I like to keep things real and raw. Pumped to have @netflix capture these moments to share with you guys,” Wallace wrote Thursday on Twitter.

A release date has yet to be announced for the untitled series. Erik Parker will serve as the director and executive producer on the project from 300 Studios and Boardwalk Pictures.

Wallace has begun racing as part of NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan’s new team, which he purchased with Denny Hamlin. Wallace previously had been competing with Richard Petty Motorsports.

Wallace gained national attention last year when he successfully lobbied NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag from its facilities. When a noose subsequently was found in his garage stall at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, all of the NASCAR drivers stood behind him, literally, ahead of the start of the next race on June 22.

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–Field Level Media