By: Jeff Wackerlin – @JWackerlin Twitter and Instagram | MRN.com on August 5, 2017 | 10:00 P.M. EST&#thirteen;
Wallace with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the Good Particulars Gallery in Chicago. (Photograph: Jeff Wackerlin)&#thirteen;
CHICAGO – Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. visited Chicago on Saturday for a Nickelodeon occasion in an envoy position for the upcoming Tales of the Turtles four hundred at Chicagoland Speedway.
Wallace was a part of “A Good Day for Play” sponsored by Nickelodeon held at Good Particulars Gallery in Chicago’s Artwork District. The occasion featured a enjoyable-crammed day of artwork, video games and group engagement. There was additionally paintings on show by six famend Chicago-based mostly artists – Max Sansing, Sentrock, Tubsz, E.LEE, Lisa Grey and JC Rivera. Every created a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed mural that was voted on with the winner(s) getting the chance to design the trophy for this yr’s playoff opening race at Chicagoland. Each Sansing and Tubsz have been declared the winners and can now collaborate on the trophy.
“I’ve actually loved the connection and the partnership we now have been capable of develop by means of NASCAR and Nickelodeon,” Wallace stated. “It’s actually particular to be the ambassador for this occasion. It’s assist bringing youth to part of our sport and this all ties into it.
“I used to be testing the paintings within the gallery and that is fairly prime notch stuff.”
Together with at the moment’s go to to the “Windy Metropolis,” Wallace stays targeted on securing a experience in NASCAR since his XFINITY staff at Roush Fenway Racing ceased operations as a result of lack of funding following the Pocono race in June.
“We’re nonetheless engaged on somethings,” Wallace stated. “This undoubtedly places my identify on the market to point out that I’m a part of an enormous group reminiscent of Nickelodeon. We’re doing all the things we will off the race monitor to ensure we will maximize the chance on the racetrack. Nothing is about in stone but. We’re having conversations day by day. I am checking and studying emails, textual content messages and making an attempt to step out and do a telephone name right here and there.”
Wallace was capable of make his Monster Power Cup Collection debut with Richard Petty Motorsports at Pocono and a further three races subbing for Aric Almirola whereas he recovered from an damage. Wallace completed eleventh in his final race with the staff at Kentucky Speedway earlier than Almirola returned behind the wheel.
“I feel that we’ve proven that we’re prepared for Cup and I’ve acquired what it takes to compete with these guys,” Wallace stated. “A cup experience is what we’re actually preventing for, however we’re nonetheless weighing out all alternatives.”
Anthony DiCosmo, Senior Vice President of Sports activities Advertising at Nickelodeon, chosen Wallace for the ambassador position and want to see him in a automotive for the Story of the Turtles four hundred weekend, however as of now nothing is about in stone.
“There are a whole lot of groups which might be jockeying for him for subsequent yr,” DiCosmo stated. “He’s tremendous gifted, tremendous marketable. I feel the right storm goes to should be that someone has a automotive that’s out there, that’s aggressive. We simply don’t simply need to put him in a automotive – we need to put him in a automotive so he can compete to win. We’re taking a look at another situations to see the place this might occur and the way it can occur. I wouldn’t put it outdoors the realm of risk.”
Final yr a handful of drivers raced a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle paint scheme in the course of the race weekend at Chicagoland, together with Wallace driving a “Shredder” themed automotive.
“I feel we’ll have some paint schemes throughout all three collection,” DiCosmo stated. “We’re going to convey some enjoyable various things to this monitor and the expertise to Victory Lane. We’ve some surprises deliberate that we’re actually enthusiastic about. Clearly having drivers is most necessary as a result of they’re the guts and soul of the rationale why the followers are there.”
Wallace has been concerned with Nickelodeon for a while now selling the model, which began with NickSports’ documentary collection “Hammer Down.” He drove a SpongeBob SquarePants automotive at Talladega in 2015 to go together with final yr’s TMNT design. Each automobiles have been on show at at present’s occasion.
“Each of them are iconic and you may’t actually rule one out,” Wallace stated after wanting on the automobiles that have been sitting on nineteenth road subsequent to the gallery. “I like standing out with the yellow and I had a very cool SpongeBob helmet. I additionally received a very cool Shredder helmet and hearth go well with as properly for that one and received to satisfy Brian Tee, who’s the voice of Shredder.”