Wallace, 27, was certainly one of 4 quarterly winners of the award and named the general winner for his advocacy in serving to to make NASCAR a extra numerous and inclusive sport.
The one African-American driver in NASCAR’s Cup Collection was an outspoken proponent of the banning of the Accomplice flag from NASCAR occasions, a stance the sanctioning physique adopted as an official coverage in June of final yr.
“It’s an honor to win the NMPA Pocono Spirit Award this yr,” mentioned Wallace, who has moved to the 23XI Racing Toyota co-owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin for 2021. “In a yr of ups and downs, what we had been capable of accomplish off the race observe as a sport is one thing that’s particular and a proud second for me.”
For the June 10 Cup Collection race at Martinsville Speedway, within the aftermath of the dying of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Wallace unveiled a “Black Lives Matter” paint scheme on his No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet.
On the hood of the automotive had been the phrases “Compassion, Love, Understanding” – phrases which had been emblematic of Wallace’s constructive activism in selling inclusion throughout the NASCAR.
“I didn’t got down to develop into an advocate this yr, however as issues had been taking place round our nation, I discovered myself able to make use of my voice and push for change,” Wallace mentioned.
“I’m pleased with what we achieved, however we nonetheless have work right now. Due to the NMPA and all of their members for this honor.”
The NMPA Pocono Spirit Award, sponsored by Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and offered yearly since 1992, was created to acknowledge character and achievement within the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports. The membership of the NMPA votes for quarterly recipients in addition to an total winner every year.
The opposite 2020 quarterly winners had been: Wooden Brothers Racing, for supplying digital tablets to seniors on lockdown in retirement amenities; driver Josh Williams, for his program of hospital excursions benefiting critically in poor health kids; and Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex, for establishing the Sherry Robust Progressive Drugs Oncology Clinic in Charlotte, N.C.