TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — NASCAR says a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace on Sunday at the NASCAR race in Talladega, Alabama.
Wallace is the only full-time Black driver in NASCAR's elite Cup Series. Two weeks ago, he successfully pushed for NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and properties. Wallace also drove a car with "Black Lives Matter" decals at a race earlier this month.
NASCAR said it has launched an immediate investigation into the noose. The series says it was “outraged” and said there is no place for racism in NASCAR.
NASCAR statement: A noose was found in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall today at Talladega.
NASCAR is investigating. pic.twitter.com/dGYFYryVES
— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) June 22, 2020
Wallace says he was saddened but undeterred.
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 22, 2020
Richard Petty, who owns Richard Petty Motorsports, said he would attend Monday's race to support Bubba.
— Richard Petty Motorsports (@RPMotorsports) June 22, 2020
The series races at Talladega on Monday after a one-day rain delay.