Darrell Wallace Jr. will become only the fourth black driver to race full time in one of NASCAR's three national series after Joe Gibbs Racing on Saturday said the 19-year-old will drive in NASCAR's truck series this year.
"I can't wait to get on the track at Daytona [International Speedway]," site of the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Feb. 22, Wallace said in a statement.
Wallace is a developmental driver under contract with Gibbs and will race the No. 54 Toyota truck prepared by the team of Kyle Busch Motorsports. Busch himself drives for Gibbs in NASCAR's top-level Sprint Cup Series.
"We have a great deal of confidence in Darrell and this is a big step in his career," Joe Gibbs, the team's owner and Hall of Fame NFL coach, said in a statement.