President Trump has demanded an apology from NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace over the racial hoax that surrounded him.
According to Mediaite:
President Donald Trump set his sights on Bubba Wallace Monday, calling on the NASCAR driver to apologize for last month’s noose controversy while also blasting the racing organization for banning Confederate flags.
Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2020
NASCAR said last month that a noose had been found in Wallace’s garage, prompting the Black driver to issue a statement condemning the incident. Wallace’s fellow drivers appeared together with him for a video in an act of solidarity. Wallace had made headlines for calling on NASCAR to ban Confederate flags from from its events.
NASCAR releases photo to the media of the garage pull rope formed as a noose from the Bubba Wallace garage Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.
This image was provide by NASCAR. pic.twitter.com/Z4ZyBzpREF
— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) June 25, 2020
The FBI carried out an investigation of the noose, which ended after it was determined that the noose had been in the garage since 2019 — and was not intended to target the Black driver.
“It was a noose,” Wallace declared following the FBI’s conclusion, adding, “This wasn’t used as a publicity stunt on my end. I don’t need all the fame and all the media hype to create my brand and create my image.”
Culture war stuff aside, NASCAR's Xfinity Series race on Saturday was, in terms of ratings, "the best Xfinity race from Indianapolis in three years and up 21 percent when compared to the 2019 Xfinity average on NBC." https://t.co/INWpPo4duA https://t.co/vHCVQ1RMRL
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) July 6, 2020
Trump continues to have his supporters in NASCAR. Driver Corey LaJoie will race in a Trump-themed paint scheme that he hopes will help voters race to the polls for Trump in November.
NEWS: Patriots of America PAC partners with GFR, for nine races in 2020 season. @CoreyLaJoie will debut this patriotic red, white, and blue scheme at @IMS this Sunday. pic.twitter.com/BojiLaYIxD
— Go Fas Racing (@GoFasRacing32) July 1, 2020
One NASCAR driver was so resolute about his support for President Trump that his car featured a “Trump 2020” theme painted in red, white and blue at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the Brickyard 400 on Sunday.
Although Corey LaJoie’s No. 32 Ford car got totaled when several cars attempted to enter pit road simultaneously 14 laps into the Brickyard 400, creating a huge pileup, his car will appear in eight additional races following the Brickyard 400. “The incident occurred at the entrance of pit road and in the back half of the field. Both JTG-Daugherty Racing cars driven by Ryan Preece and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were turned sideways. The crash also resulted in DNFs for Martin Truex Jr., Justin Allgaier, Corey Lajoie and Brennan Poole,” Autoweek reported.
It's a PILEUP on pit road at @IMS!
The #Brickyard400 is underway on @NBC: https://t.co/wKDI0aNMYn #NBCRacingWeekend pic.twitter.com/FrOHnH0Rkd
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) July 5, 2020
Allgaier stated, “Starting in the back trying to go forward, the No. 15 (Poole) actually got in the back of me. I didn’t know if I (hit) the gentleman on the No. 12 or not. Once the wreck started happening in front of us and we all got bottled up there, one car after another were getting run into.”’
LaJoie’s car was sponsored by Go Fas Racing, LaJoie’s racing team, which joined the Patriots of America PAC, which backs Trump. Go Fas Racing team owner Archie St. Hilaire stated in a GoFas Racing press release, “I am honored to be part of the President’s re-election campaign through the Patriots of America PAC. As a Trump 2020 supporter, this team will do everything possible to secure victory on and off the track electing President Donald Trump to a second term. Let us bring this country back and Keep America Great!”
LaJoie noted that out of the 75 million NASCAR fans nearly 15 million aren’t to registered to vote and he is hoping to change that.