NASCAR is acting on a June 1 promise to “help bridge the racial divide that continues to exist in our country.”
On Wednesday, NASCAR announced that the confederate flag would be prohibited at all NASCAR events and properties.
In a statement NASCAR tweeted, they said, “The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry. Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.”
In 2015, NASCAR tracks asked fans not to bring confederate flags, but fell short of a ban. Fans reportedly didn’t listen and kept bringing the flags to races.
Some drivers have also taken it upon themselves to take the messaging further.
Bubba Wallace unveiled a Black Lives Matter car he will race at Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday night.
He also wore a t-shirt that said “I Can’t Breathe” during a pre-race moment of silence for George Floyd on Sunday in Atlanta.
On June 1, NASCAR tweeted this statement regarding racial inequality across the United States
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NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19, Hendricks Motorsports announced Friday.
Johnson, a seven-time NASCAR Cup series champion, has not experienced any symptoms and was tested after his wife tested positive. He will miss Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Justin Allgaier will race in his place.
“My first priority is the health and safety of my loved ones and my teammates,” Johnson said in a statement. “I’ve never missed a race in my Cup career, but I know it’s going to be very hard to watch from the sidelines when I’m supposed to be out there competing. Although this situation is extremely disappointing, I’m going to come back ready to win races and put ourselves in playoff contention.”
Per NASCAR protocols in accordance with the CDC's guidelines, Johnson cannot return until he is symptom-free and has two negative coronavirus tests at least 24 hours apart. He also must be cleared by his physician before returning.
NASCAR has granted Johnson a playoff waiver. He is currently 12th in the standings.
Following an FBI investigation, it has been determined that Bubba Wallace was not the victim of a hate crime when a noose was found in his Talladega garage on Sunday.
NASCAR made the announcement on Tuesday.
NASCAR and the FBI launched the investigation after the rope was found by one of Wallace’s crew members. ESPN reported that Wallace himself never saw the noose.
After its discovery, the entire NASCAR garage banded together in a show of solidarity against racism. NASCAR drivers and crew members walked the track and pushed Wallace’s car to the front of the starting grid before Monday's Geico 500.
In addition “#IStandWithBubba” was painted on the infield grass.
Wallace is NASCAR’s only Black driver.
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