May 22, 2014, 3:17 PM EDT
Even though he’s only 20 years old, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. has often spoken about the impact the late Wendell Scott had upon the development of his racing career.
Even though he faced tremendous odds, adversity and negativity primarily for the color of his skin, Scott’s trailblazing ways helped pave the way for other African-Americans like Wallace and other minorities to chase their dreams of being in NASCAR.
With Scott being named Wednesday to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2015, Wallace applauded the move in a statement released Thursday by his team, Joe Gibbs Racing.
“What a phenomenal moment not only for the Scott family, but for NASCAR,” Wallace said. “This moment has been coming for a long time.
“To be a pioneer and persevere thru the negative and never let his vision be interrupted, shows that Wendell Scott knew what it took to be an iron man in this sport. I’m honored to be following in his steps and I hope to continue to carry on his legacy throughout my racing career.”