Darrell Wallace Jr. on forbes' '30 Under 30' list

January 06, 2014,

Drive for Diversity grad earns nod on high-profile collection

Lindsey Vonn, Shaun White, Darrell Wallace Jr.?

On the heels of a wildly successful rookie season in which he became the first African-American driver to win in one of NASCAR's national series since 1963, the 20-year-old can now add another prestigious accolade to his resume after being named to Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30: The Best in Sports" list.

Wallace, driver of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Tundra, joins Olympians Vonn, White, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Sidney Crosby and others among the highly-touted list.

He'll look to improve in 2014 on a season past in which he finished eighth overall in Camping World Truck Series points with five top-five finishes, 12 top-10s and his historic victory at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 26.

The writeup on Wallace, courtesy of
First place finish this year at Virginia's Martinsville Speedway made Wallace the first African-American to win a national series Nascar event since 1963. Endorsements include Coca-Cola, Toyota and Oakley.

Forbes' third annual "30 Under 30" lists highlights the brightest young stars in 15 different fields. In addition to the field of sports, Forbes also compiled the list for Hollywood, music, media and more.