Wallace, NASCAR’s only full-time black driver, and then got out of the car and kissed him hall of Fame driver Richard Petty, who is the owner of the team of Wallace racing and had not attended a race during the.
“The drivers feel very strongly that they want to show their support of Bubba,” NASCAR president Steve Phelps told reporters. “He is a member of the NASCAR community. He is a member of the NASCAR family. “
The crowd stood next to Wallace during the national anthem. Wallace tweeted a selfie he took on the track of the moment, writing, ” Together “.
Jimmie Johnson, in a interview on Fox before the race, explained why the other drivers have made the show of support. “As everyone knows, it is like a large family in the garage area, and the news has really upset us all. We want justice, in a sense, and we want to know who and why. Until all those [questions] are answered, we want to stay with our friend. We want to stay with Bubba. ”
“This idea gathered today, he began in the pilot, and then as the crew members got wind that we wanted to push Bubba out of the car to the bottom and stand with him during the national anthem, the teams wanted to be involved as well, and you saw the support, it was pretty impressive. “
The FBI announced on Monday that it would investigate the incident. “Regardless of whether federal charges can be brought, this type of action has no place in our society,” U.S. Attorney Jay Town of the Northern District of Alabama, said in a statement.
Earlier this month, NASCARthe display of the flags of the Confederates during their events. Wallace had called for the flag to be banned as protests against police violence and racism has occurred throughout the UNITED states
“It should not be the person who is uncomfortable up to our events to have a good time with their family, who feels a certain way about something they have seen, an object that they have seen fly,” Wallace told CNN at the time. “Nobody should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. So it starts with flags Confederate. Get them out of here. They don’t have room for them. ”
Jordan Freiman contributed to this report.