Darrell Wallace Jr. granted a release from his JGR contract
Darrell Wallace Jr. has been granted a release from his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing, a team spokesman confirmed Monday afternoon.
The 21-year-old Mobile, Ala., native scored four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories in 2014 driving on loan to Kyle Busch Motorsports, as well as competed in two NASCAR Nationwide Series races for JGR.
When Wallace earned his first-career Camping World Truck Series victory at Martinsville Speedway in 2013, he became the first African-American driver to score a win in NASCAR since Wendell Scott accomplished the feat in 1963.
The NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate joined JGR as a development driver in 2012 and has competed in six total Nationwide Series races for the team. Wallace's best finish for the organization was seventh, once at Iowa in 2012 and during last July's race in Daytona.
With JGR struggling to find sponsors for the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series, and with KBM's 2015 driver roster already set, Wallace is still without a solid ride for next season.
The team official would not go into details about what team's 2015 plans for Wallace, but indicated he wanted to run a full-time schedule and they could not provide that.
After winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Wallace felt his on-track success was turning heads and bringing much-needed attention.
"It's getting people looking, and that's what we have to do," he said. "We have to get people knowing who I am and wanting to be a part of this organization. I don't spend too much time thinking about that."
It is believed Wallace is working on a deal with Roush Fenway Racing to compete in the Xfinity Series, but calls for a statement were not immediately returned.