NASCAR released a statement Sunday night confirming a noose was found hanging in the garage of the sport’s only black driver in the highest racing series.
Here is the statement courtesy of ESPN reporter Marty Smith:
Wallace is the only black racer in NASCAR’s Cup Series. He released this statement Sunday after the noose was left in his garage. He said in part: “As my mother told me today ‘They are just trying to scare you.'”
Northern Alabama’s U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town released the following statement about the incident: “The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Alabama, FBI and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division are reviewing the situation surrounding the noose that was found in Bubba Wallace’s garage to determine whether there are violations of federal law. Regardless of whether federal charges can be brought, this type of action has no place in our society.”
People displayed confederate flags outside of the Talladega Superspeedway Sunday. NASCAR recently barred confederate flags from its events.
Cars lined the road leading to Talladega Superspeedway waving confederate flags. A plane flew by the track showing off a confederate flag with a message that read “Defund NASCAR.”
Sunday’s race at Talladega was postponed to Monday at 3 p.m. due to rain.