NASCAR star Bubba Wallace appeared to take aim at those who were against the sport’s diversity and inclusion efforts ahead of the Chicago street race last week.

On Thursday, Wallace hosted Bubba’s Block Party at the DuSable Black History Museum in Chicago to help drive awareness, access and engagement in the sport in the black community. There were plenty of activities for NASCAR fans of all ages with Lupe Fiasco on the calendar to perform.

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NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace throws out the ceremonial first pitch of the game between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Guardians at Wrigley Field on June 30, 2023 in Chicago. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

The 23XI racing team member was asked why he was pegged as one of the most unpopular drivers in the sport, noting the unwillingness of some fans to change as NASCAR tries to be more welcoming to everyone.

«I’ve always said there are three types of people: those who will accept change, those who are undecided about change, and those who will never change,» Wallace told reporters Thursday, via the Chicago Sun-Times. «You can never get into the minds of people who will never change, so we don’t really focus our energy on those people. We try to convince those who are undecided about change. ‘This is what can happen. Stay with us and We will endure until the end.

Bubba Wallace drives the No. 23

Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald’s Toyota, Ryan Preece, driver of the #41 Operating Engineers Ford, Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Dutch Boy Ford, and Austin Dillon, driver of the Get Bioethanol Chevrolet #3, drive to start the NASCAR Cup Series Grant Park 220 at the Chicago Street Course on July 2, 2023 in Chicago. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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«And those of you who are okay with living life on the edge and embracing change immediately, let’s do it.

«Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t like the changes we’re making as a sport to take advantage of different demographics and make the sport more welcoming and inclusive, and that’s up to them. They have to live with it. For us, we keep moving forward. «.

On Sunday, Wallace was among the drivers affected by bad weather. He finished 31st, as he and his colleagues watched Shane van Gisbergen take victory in his NASCAR debut.

Bubba Wallace and Justin Fields

Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald’s Toyota, and Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields, pose for photos at the drivers’ meeting in the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room at the Art Institute of Chicago ahead of the NASCAR Cup Grant Park Series 220 on July 2, 2023 in Chicago. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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As of now, Wallace would go into the NASCAR Playoffs ranked 15th. Drivers like Daniel Suarez, Michael McDowell, AJ Allmendinger and Alex Bowman are right on his doorstep.