In a moving scene ahead of the GEICO 500 Monday, a large group of fellow drivers and crew members joined to push Bubba Wallace’s No. 43 car to the front of the pack at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.
Wallace is NASCAR’s only black driver and has been outspoken about racial injustice following George Floyd’s death, having worn a shirt with the phrase “I can’t breathe” on it and displaying “Black Lives Matter” signage on his car.
He also recently advocated successfully for the ban of Confederate flags at NASCAR races.
NASCAR posted the video to its Twitter page Monday with the caption: “We are one family. One NASCAR.”
NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O’Donnell also reposted an overhead video of the tribute showing the size of the crowd participating.
Wallace posted on social media following the discovery of the noose, saying, “Today’s despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism.
“Nothing is more important and we will not be deterred by the reprehensible actions of those who seek to spread hate. As my mother told me today, ‘They are just trying to scare you,'” he added. “This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in.”
NASCAR vowed to do everything it can to find the person(s) responsible for the action and “eliminate them from the sport.”
In the post, Wallace also noted the support he has received from fellow drivers and people across the NASCAR industry.
Ahead of the race Monday, Wallace posted a selfie with other drivers standing in solidarity behind him.
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