NASCAR issues statement on ‘heinous act’

By NASCAR Staff Report

NASCAR issued the following statement Sunday night:

“Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team. We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act. We have launched an immediate investigation, and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport. As we have stated unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR, and this act only strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all.”

Bubba Wallace drives the No. 43 Chevrolet for Richard Petty Motorsports. The lone Black driver in the NASCAR Cup Series, Wallace has used his voice and platform over recent weeks to speak out against racial injustice in the world.

He released his own statement later Sunday, vowing to not give in or back down in his quest.