Thanks to thousands of fans from around the world who voted via social media, the face of FOX Sports personality Danielle Trotta will appear on the No. 6 Ford Mustang of Bubba Wallace this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway as part of the ROUSH Performance Distractor face contest.
Trotta beat out fellow FOX Sports hosts Larry McReynolds and ‘Hollywood’ Jeff Hammond in the vote, which was counted by use of hashtags across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Reddit. Trotta, McReynolds and Hammond each appeared in Wallace’s “Midnight Run” promotional video, which debuted on FOX Sports 1’s NASCAR Race Hub program.
“I hear that we’ll have Danielle on our Roush Performance Ford Mustang this weekend,” said Wallace. “Danielle and all the people at FOX are always so great to work with, so I appreciate them having a little fun with us. I’m sure a lot of the guys will be distracted by Danielle’s face on the car, just hopefully not my team!”
Wallace currently sits fifth in the NASCAR XFINITY Series points, in a strong rookie season that has produced one Top-5 finish, four top-10s and one pole award.
The ROUSH Performance Distractor Face originated in 2012, when fans submitted photos of their own faces for a chance to appear on the rear bumper of Jack Roush Jr.’s No. 61 car in the Grand-Am series. The trend quickly spread across online racing communities, with fans attempting to come up with their favorite designs to distract the competition.
"We first announced the idea of the ROUSH Distractor Face on my road racing car at Mid-Ohio back in 2012," said Jack Roush Jr. "It's awesome to see it now make its way into NASCAR on Bubba's hood! It should make for a great show."