NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is OK after passing out twice while on camera after the QuikTrip 500 Honor Rolls finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Wallace was first seen collapsing to the ground shortly after finishing 21st in the 500-mile race, which was run in hot, humid temperatures after an emotional start that included a NASCAR statement on injustice racial and a moment of silent reflection.
Wallace told Fox Sports NASCAR reporter Jamie Little that he sat down and got up too quickly after the long run and that it was a “quick fear for everyone” before he passed out again as she did interviewed him on the live broadcast. He was then transported by stretcher to the indoor medical center, where he was treated and later released.
Wallace is the only African American currently competing in the high-level cup series and has been a central figure in NASCAR’s response to questions raised following the death of George Floyd while in custody. a Minneapolis police officer. Wallace wore a T-shirt that said “I CAN’T BREATHE” and “BLACK LIVES MATTER” at the pre-race ceremony, which included a video featuring several of his fellow NASCAR pilot pledges to work for social change.
Several other drivers could be seen suffering from exhaustion after the long day, and Josh Bilicki also needed treatment at the medical center.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report