Bubba Wallace, Columbia Sportswear sign sponsorship deal

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Bubba Wallace - NASCAR car driver (Photo: NASCAR / Sean Gardner)

(AP) — Corporate interest in Bubba Wallace has picked up momentum and NASCAR’s only Black full-time driver has signed a new sponsor that includes funding for his Richard Petty Motorports team.

Columbia Sportswear signed a multiyear sponsorship with Wallace as a brand ambassador that will also put the company on the No. 43 at Dover later this month.

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Columbia was drawn to Wallace as he took on a larger role as a social activist then learned Wallace also pursues outdoor activities for pleasure.

If Wallace does not return to RPM next season, Columbia would follow him to a new team.