NASCAR sent out a statement late Sunday night after a noose was found in the stall of Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway. Wallace is the only Black driver in the stock-car circuit’s Cup Series.
According to reporting from ESPN, Wallace never saw the noose. A member of Wallace’s team found it and immediately reported it to NASCAR officials.
NASCAR banned fans from bringing the Confederate flag to its races earlier this month.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey came out in support of Wallace this morning. Ivey said she “was shocked and appalled to hear of yesterday’s vile act.”
Ivey continued, “Bubba Wallace is one of us; He is a native of Mobile and on behalf of all Alabamians, I apologize to Bubba Wallace as well as to his family and friends for the hurt this has caused and regret the mark this leaves on our state.”
LeBron James also offered his support:
According to FOX’s Bob Pockrass, the FBI is handling the investigation into how the noose got into Wallace’s garage stall.
Wallace released this statement via his Twitter account:
FanDuel has Wallace with 50/1 odds to take today’s checkered flag in the Geico 500 that starts at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.