World Wide Technology, a technology service provider founded by David Steward, in collaboration with Victory Junction, has stepped up for 16 races to sponsor Bubba Wallace in 2019.
Wallace, 25, has been sponsored by WWT in 12 races since coming to Richard Petty Motorsports full-time at the beginning of 2018. But this was a personal investment for Steward, wanting to help the race team.
“Investments in diversity are critical for the long-term viability and future competitiveness of WWT,” Steward said in a press release. “The same applies to the sport of racing. As the only African American NASCAR driver in over 40 years, we have been honored to support Bubba Wallace. With the Victory Junction alliance, we will celebrate and enable kids with diverse challenges and perspectives to reach their fullest abilities.
“Given our family’s long history with Variety the Children’s Charity, BJC Health System and St. Jude’s, it was an easy decision to get involved with Victory Junction. Diversity matters. That is why we support Bubba. That is why we support Victory Junction.”
The Petty family opened Victory Junction, a year-round camp that exists to enrich the lives of children, ages 6 to 16, with chronic or life-threatening illnesses, 15 years ago. WWT will leverage its strategic partnership with Wallace and RPM to donate to Victory Junction the creation and development of an advertising, fundraising and call-to-action campaign: “Feel Your Heart Race.”
“I remember when I was a kid, having a lot of fun going out and doing things with my friends, and Victory Junction provides that and gives each child the opportunity to simply be a kid,” Wallace said. “The camp makes these kids feel as special as they truly are. This is a great opportunity for NASCAR fans to support Victory Junction and make every kid feel special – to feel empowered. Fifteen years is a great accomplishment and I want to do my part to help Victory Junction reach another 15 years.”
Victory Junction’s first race on the hood will be this weekend at Pocono Raceway (Sunday, June 2). In three career starts at Pocono, Wallace has a best finish of 26th.