A noose was identified Sunday inside the Talladega Superspeedway garage stall of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace — the circuit’s only full-time black driver who led the charge to ban Accomplice flags at racing functions.
NASCAR mentioned they launched an investigation into the incident at the Alabama racetrack, the place Sunday’s prepared Geico 500 was postponed till Monday due to inclement temperature.
“We are angry and outraged and can not point out strongly more than enough how very seriously we consider this heinous act,” NASCAR reported in a assertion.
“As we have stated unequivocally, there is no location for racism in NASCAR and this act only strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all.”
Two weeks in the past, Wallace effectively pushed for NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and houses.
The 26-yr-outdated driver addressed Sunday’s incident in a statement posted to Twitter: “Today’s despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me amazingly saddened and serves as a unpleasant reminder of how a lot even further we have to go as a modern society and how persistent we need to be in the battle in opposition to racism,” he reported.
“This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue on to proudly stand for what I consider in.”
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