Noose found in Black Bubba Wallace driver garage at Alabama NASCAR race

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A noose was found in the stall garage of Black driver Bubba Wallace at the NASCAR, Alabama, race on Sunday, less than two weeks after he successfully pushed the d-series racing car ‘ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and facilities.NASCAR announced the discovery on Sunday evening and said it had launched an immediate investigation. He says he will do his best to find out who is responsible and “eliminate from the sport.” “

“We are angry and mad with rage, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act,” the series said in a statement. “As we have unequivocally stated, there is no room for racism in NASCAR, and this law only strengthens our determination to make sport open and welcoming to all. ”

On Twitter, Wallace said that “the despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly sad and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and the persistent flow we must be in the fight against racism. ”

“My mom told me today,” They’re just trying to scare you, “he wrote. “This is not going to break me, I will not give myself down either. I will continue to proudly defend what I believe.

WATCH | Bubba Wallace displays #BlackLivesMatter of paint:

Bubba Wallace, the only African-American in the NASCAR Cup, competes at the Virginie Martinsville Speedway with the Black of the Life of Matter, the colors on his vehicle. 1:08

The vice was discovered the same day of NASCAR, the very young flag ban faced with its greatest challenge. The ban took effect before the event last week near Miami, but there were only about 1,000 soldiers admitted to the race. In Talladega, in the heart of the South, up to 5,000 fans have been admitted in, although rain postponed the race until Monday.

There were no immediate reports of how many, if any, flags were confiscated or taken down on the runway. There were informal protests on Saturday and Sunday alike, with cars and pickup trucks driving along the roads near the lodge and marching past the entrance to the superspeedway. A small plane flew overhead drawing a banner with the flag and the words “Defund NASCAR.” ”

NASCAR did not recognize the plane or its banners, although Steve O’Donnell’s executive tweeted a black and white photo of trembling hands: “You will not see a photo of a donkey flying a flag on the runway here … but you’ll see this … let’s hope everyone benefits from today’s race. Rapper Ice Cube even tweeted about the plane saying, “(Juron) NASCAR him, you’ve gotten new fans in this house. ”

WATCH | NASCAR holds a moment of silence:

NASCAR’s only African American Cup driver Series, Bubba Wallace, and several crew members wore “I Can’t Breathe – Black Life of Matter” t-shirts before the start of the race. 0:51

Wallace, a 26-year-old native of Alabama, had found support among other drivers for his stances on the flag and he noted that in his tweet late Sunday after the ad’s noose.

“For several weeks, I have been overwhelmed by the support of people across the NASCAR industry, including other drivers and tea members in the garage,” he said. “Together, our sport has made a commitment to driving real luck and defending a community that is accepting and welcoming everyone.

“Nothing is more important, and we will not be deterred by the reprehensible actions of those who seek to spread hatred. “

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