“We are angry and mad, and can’t state strongly enough how we take seriously this heinous act,” NASCAR said in a statement Sunday evening. “We have launched an immediate investigation, and do everything we can to identify the responsible person(s) and eliminate them from the sport. ““As we have said, unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR, and this law only reinforces our determination to make the sport open and welcoming to all,” the statement concluded.
Wallace called the display a “despicable act of racism and hatred,” and said it left him ” unbelievably sad and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and the degree of persistence, we need to be in the fight against racism. ”
“For several weeks, I have been overwhelmed by the support of people throughout the NASCAR industry, including the other drivers and team members in the garage,” Wallace said in a statement on social media. “Together, our sport has made a commitment to the conduct of a real change and to 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. As my mother said to me today, ” They are just trying to scare you.’ 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. “
Earlier this month, NASCAR has banned the display of flags of the Confederates during their events. Wallace, who has been seen wearing a “I can’t breathe” shirt to a race the weekend before the decision was announced, hadas 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. “
On Sunday evening, the driver Michael McDowell has tweeted, ” God help us. The level of evil it takes to do something like this is disgusting. It is infuriating and heartbreaking all at the same time. ”
Dale Earnhardt Jr has also weighed in early on Monday, tweeting simply, ” Hope Bubba wins tomorrow. ”
Before Sunday’s race, an airplane can be seen flying over Talladega Superspeedway tow, the now-banned Confederate flag with a sign that read ” DEFUND the NASCAR. “A caravan of vehicles draped with the flag was also motivated by the room in protest.