NASCAR has announced the discovery Sunday evening, and said that it had launched an immediate investigation. He says he will do everything possible to find out who is responsible and “to eliminate from the sport.”
“We are angry and mad, and can’t state strongly enough how we take seriously this heinous act,” the series said in a statement. “As we have said, unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR, and this law only reinforces our determination to make the sport more open and welcoming to all.”
On Twitter, Wallace said, “the despicable act of racism and hatred that leaves me incredibly sad, and it serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a company and the flow persistent, we need to be in the fight against racism.”
“My mother told me today,” They are just trying to scare you,'” he writes. “It’s not going to break me, I will not give me not over to the bottom. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe.”
The noose was discovered on the same day that NASCAR is fledgeling flag ban in the face of its greatest challenge. The prohibition took effect before last week’s race near Miami, but there were only about 1 000 military personnel allowed in the race. At Talladega, at the heart of the South, up to 5,000 fans were allowed in, even though the rain postponed the race until Monday.
There were no immediate reports of how many, if any, the flags have been confiscated or taken down on the track. There were informal demonstrations Saturday and Sunday are similar, with cars and pickup trucks driving along the roads close to the flag and parading in front of the entrance to the superspeedway. A small plane flew overhead pulling a banner with the flag and the words “Defund NASCAR.”
NASCAR has not recognized the aircraft or its banners, even if executive Steve O’donnell tweeted a photo to black and white hands shaking: “You will not see a picture of a donkey fly a flag on the track here…but you will see this…Hope that everyone enjoys the race today.” The rapper Ice Cube, even tweeted about the plane, saying: “(Expletive) him NASCAR, you got new fans in this house.”
Wallace, a 26-year-old native of Alabama, had found support in the other drivers for his stance on the flag, and he noted that in his tweet late Sunday after the noose of the announcement.
“For several weeks, I have been overwhelmed by the support of people throughout the NASCAR industry, including other drivers and tea members in the garage,” he said. “Together, our sport has made a commitment to driving real chance and defend a community that is accepting and welcoming of everyone. There is nothing more important, and we will not be deterred by the reprehensible actions of those who seek to spread hatred.”