Wallace, NASCAR is only a full-time black driver, then got out of the car and kissed the driver’s fame of the Richard Petty, who owned the Wallace racing team and had not attended a race during the.
“The drivers feel very strongly that they want to show their support for Bubba,” NASCAR president Steve Phelps told reporters. “He is a NASCAR member of the community. He is a NASCAR member of the family. “
Crowds stood next to Wallace during the National Anthem. Wallace tweeted a selfie he took on the trail of the moment, writing, “Together.”
Jimmie Johnson, in a interview on the Fox before the race, explained why the other drivers did the support show. “As everyone knows, it’s like a big family in the garage area, and the news has really bothered all of us. We want justice, in a way, 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. ”
“That idea got together today, it started in the drivers, and then as the crew members got wind that we wanted to push Bubba from the car down and stand with him during the national anthem, the teams wanted to get involved as good, and you saw the support, it was quite impressive. “
The FBI announced Monday that it will investigate the incident. “Regardless of whether federal charges can be laid, this type of action has no place in our society,” US attorney Jay City in the Alabama North District said in a statement.
Earlier this month, NASCARthe display of Confederate flags during their events. Wallace had called for the flag to be banned as protests against police violence and racism took place throughout the United States
“He shouldn’t be the person who is uncomfortable until our events to have a good time with their family who feels a certain way about something they saw, an object they have seen it fly, “Wallace told CNN at the time. “No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. So it starts with Confederate flags. Get them out of here. They have no place for them. ”
The race was barely won by Ryan Blaney, a close friend of Wallace. Blaney smothered Ricky Stenhouse Jr by 007 seconds. Wallace took 14th place.
Jordan Freiman contributed to this report.