Jared Gutstadt and Jeff Peters of Audio Up create podcasts for the musically inclined and were working on a project co-starring Machine Gun Kelly. The pop-punk rocker came to their studio in October 2020 and the two played him some of the music they'd come up with for the podcast. Gutstadt recalled to American Songwriter
that when they showed him the first draft of "Love Race," he cryptically said, "Actually, can I take the files with me? I don't love this one, I don't know if it's going to fit into the project."
Two months later, Gutstadt and Peters were told it was going to be MGK's next single.