The moving moment occurred ahead of the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, which was broadcast Monday afternoon on Fox Sports. NASCAR proceeded to enact the ban effective June 10. RELATED STORIES
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NASCAR drivers, pit crew members and others on Monday marched in solidarity with Bubba Wallace, in the wake of a racist incident that targeted the only full-time Black driver in the sport’s elite Cup Series. (Watch video down below.)
On Sunday, it was reported that a noose had been found in Wallace’s garage stall, not two weeks after he lobbied for the stock car racing series to ban the Confederate flag from display at its events and facilities.
“We have launched an immediate investigation and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport. #IStandWIthBubba pic.twitter.com/uFlxmP27qa
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) June 22, 2020
Wallace himself said on Twitter that the “the despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and ow persistent we must be in the fight against racism.”
During the show of support ahead of Monday’s race, Wallace took a selfie with the crowd of peers, with the simple statement, “Together”:
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 22, 2020 The garage area where the noose was found is considered secure, accessible only by competitors, officials and track staff. As we have stated unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR and this act only strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all.”
After a noose was found in his garage stall last night, @NASCAR drivers show their support for @BubbaWallace at Talladega. “We are angry and outraged and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act,” NASCAR said in a statement.