A noose was discovered Sunday contained in the Talladega Superspeedway storage stall of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace — the circuit’s solely full-time black driver who led the cost to ban Accomplice flags at racing occasions.
NASCAR mentioned they launched an investigation into the incident on the Alabama racetrack, the place Sunday’s deliberate Geico 500 was postponed till Monday attributable to inclement climate.
“We’re offended and outraged and can’t state strongly sufficient how significantly we take this heinous act,” NASCAR mentioned in a press release.
“As now we have acknowledged unequivocally, there isn’t a place for racism in NASCAR and this act solely strengthens our resolve to make the game open and welcoming to all.”
Two weeks in the past, Wallace efficiently pushed for NASCAR to ban the Accomplice flag at its tracks and properties.
The 26-year-old driver addressed Sunday’s incident in a press release posted to Twitter: “Right this moment’s despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me extremely saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how a lot additional now we have to go as a society and the way persistent we should be within the battle in opposition to racism,” he mentioned.
“This is not going to break me, I can’t give in nor will I again down. I’ll proceed to proudly stand for what I consider in.”
With Submit wires