As NASCAR turns to esports as a way to keep racing in the era of social isolation, a promising pilot has discovered that there are consequences for stopping rage. Bubba Wallace, whose regular job is driving car # 43 Richard Petty Motorsports, sank in a race held at a virtual Bristol Motor Speedway in iRacing. When his car reappeared in the pit lane, Wallace told his Twitch stream, “That’s it. That’s why I don’t take this shit seriously. Peace “as he left the game instead of joining the leaders one or three rounds.
Fans on Twitter were quick to criticize Wallace’s decision, where things quickly deteriorated. After Wallace sheds light on the fact that he “has ruined so many peoples [sic] day leaving .. [sic] a video game “, his main sponsor of the race, Blue Emu, left him, responding to his tweet with the news that” we are interested in the drivers, not abandon them “.
GTK where you stand. Goodbye Bubba. We are concerned with drivers, not dropouts.
– Blue-Emu (@ BlueEmu1) April 5, 2020
On our last visit to a NASCAR race, a visibly angry Wallace burned rubber in the paddock (and almost wiped that writer out) after being destroyed and having to retire earlier. As we have already noted, the sport aims to bring as much sense of normality as possible in its temporary transition to esport, and in this regard, Wallace’s rage-abandonment seems normal for the course. Only this time it didn’t cost him a sponsor.