Alabama Governor Kay Ivey is deeply shocked at the racist action against NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace. During the night from Sunday to Monday, a noose was found on the Talladega Superspeedway in the American rider's pit box.
"There is no place for this disgusting display of hatred in our state," Ivey said in a statement Monday. "Racism and threats of this nature will not be tolerated. I promise to help in every way possible to ensure that the person responsible is punished."
NASCAR took the incident high and immediately announced it would open an investigation. Later on Monday, the US prosecution also launched an investigation in conjunction with the FBI.
At the request of 26-year-old Wallace, the only black NASCAR driver, the controversial confederation flag was recently banned. On Sunday, a plane flew above the circuit in Alabama with such a flag behind it and a call to sponsors to withdraw from the largest American racing class.
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Race in Alabama moved
"Although the important conversation about racism is ongoing across our country, it now appears that there is still a lot of work to be done. Bubba is one of us: he was born in our state and I would like to apologize on behalf of all our residents for the pain this action has caused for Bubba, his family and his friends, "said Ivey.
The Alabama race was moved to Monday (9:00 PM, Dutch time) due to rain. Five thousand fans were welcome to the event, who incidentally do not have access to the courtyard of the circuit. Only team members, media and officials are allowed to enter this area, which also contains the garage boxes.
NASCAR season resumed last month in South Carolina with the first major race since the outbreak of COVID-19.
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