Bubba Wallace, the only dark-skinned driver in the Nascar series, received flint greetings from U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, urging him to apologize for the series’s turmoil over the summer.
Wallace published his own response to the President's speeches in Finnish time on Monday evening.
Wallace dedicated his text to “the next generation and those little ones who follow in my footsteps”
- Your words and deeds are always judged to the highest standards than others. You have to be prepared for that, these are the things you don’t learn in school. It learns from the challenges, ups and downs that this crazy world offers.
The buzz around Nascar and racism began in June when a rope resembling a hanging loop was found in the depot facilities used by the Wallace Stable on the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.
After the incident, Wallace received ample support from his fellow drivers as well as the Nascar series, which stressed that there was no place for racism in its races.
The FBI investigated the matter but did not prosecute anyone. According to the investigation, the tow rope resembling a hanging loop had been on the premises of the stable since last autumn, based on video material.
Trumpin directed his Monday tweet specifically against Wallace, who spoke loudly against racism throughout the summer.
- Has Bubba Wallace apologized to all the great Nascar drivers and officers who came to his aid, stood beside him and were willing to sacrifice everything for him only to find that the whole thing was a hoax? That and the ticket decision have led to the lowest-ever viewership, President Trump wrote.
With the ticket decision, Trump refers to the June decision of the motorsport series to ban US Southern flags from the Nascar Games. Wallace was a strong influencer in banning many flags as a symbol of racism and slavery.
According to Yahoo Sports, Trump’s comment on low viewership is not true. According to Fox's audience figures, the number of spectators in the Martinsville race on June 10 was 104 percent higher than in the race held at the same time last year.
- I encourage you to keep your head up and walk proudly on the path you have chosen. Never let anyone tell you you can’t do anything! The haters will just make your voice heard and elevate you to an even higher position, Wallace wrote on Monday night.
Towards the end of his writing, the 26-year-old driver also directly notices the tweet previously sent by Trump.
- One last thing, always respond to the anger thrown at you with love, even when the anger comes from the President of the United States. Love Wins.
Competing in the Richard Petty Motorsport garage, Wallace has driven a long career in various series of Nascar cars. He is considered one of Nascar’s most successful dark-skinned drivers.