Bubba Wallace Becomes the First Black Driver in Almost 60 Years to Win a NASCAR Cup Series Race

On Monday, Bubba Wallace became the first African-American race car driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race since Wendell Scott in 1963.

The star driver, 27, was shown jumping and hugging teammates on NASCAR’s Twitter account early Monday afternoon following his victory.

Wallace won the YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama, in a rain-delayed race in which he defeated Ryan Preece and Chris Buescher.

The momentous event was the first victory for a Black driver in NASCAR’s premier series since Hall of Famer Wendell Scott won the Dec. 1, 1963, race at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida.

Wallace is part of the 23XI Racing team, which is co-owned by Michael Jordan, the former NBA superstar.

Wallace made a point of posing with his white dog Asher for victory photos during Monday’s news conference.

“Man, I’m just so proud of everyone at 23XI,” Wallace said, according to NASCAR. “New team coming in and getting a win late in the season. I know a lot of history was made today, I believe, which is really cool, but it’s about our guys, about our team, about what was done.”

Wallace’s victory is the latest in a string of good fortune for the sportsman, who announced his engagement in July to Amanda Carter.

“Why I waited so long..we will never know,” Wallace shared on Twitter, posting several romantic photographs from the big event, including one of himself down on one knee in front of a waterfall.

The other photographs included a close-up of the couple, with Carter displaying her engagement ring, and a shot of Wallace pumping his fist in the air when she said yes.

“The wait is over!! Here’s to forever! Forever ever!” he continued.

Carter has long backed the driver, born Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., as he has risen up the NASCAR ranks since being launched as a team driver in October 2017, becoming the first Black driver to earn a full-time Cup seat.

Being the only Black driver in NASCAR’s Cup Series, Wallace has received national notoriety as an activist over the last year, successfully pressing NASCAR to prohibit the use of the Confederate flag at the racetrack.

The sportsman has been candid about his encounters with racism.

“Whenever I was younger, I never would understand it, but my parents would always just be like, ‘You know what, don’t mind that BS that’s going on over there. Let’s come back next week and beat their tails,’ ” he told PEOPLE last July. “And that’s what we did. We’d come back and eventually shut them up. So, it’s been like that ever since.”