Darrell Wallace Jr. is expected to race in NASCAR's truck series this year, which would make the 19-year-old one of only a handful of African American drivers to have raced full time in one of NASCAR's three national series.
Wallace is in the developmental-driver program at Joe Gibbs Racing, which has scheduled a news conference Saturday in Charlotte, N.C., where Wallace's ride is expected to be announced, according to a source familiar with the move but not authorized to discuss it publicly.
NASCAR President Mike Helton was scheduled to join Wallace and Gibbs officials for the event. The Gibbs team declined to comment Friday.
NASCAR's premier stock-car racing circuit is the Sprint Cup Series, followed by the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series, in which Wallace, a native of Mobile, Ala., now residing in Concord, N.C., would compete.