Bubba Wallace: FBI investigating as second noose found at race track
The Nascar community showed their support for Bubba Wallace in the race in Talladega on Monday: Getty
The FBI has launched an investigation to determine who left a noose in the garage of Bubba Wallace, Nascar's only black driver, after discovering a second pitch on another US circuit.
At the Sonoma Raceway in California, another racetrack on the Nascar calendar, a “provisional noose” was found on a tree, which has a clearly offensive meaning for the black community as a symbol of oppression, slavery and death.
Wallace was targeted on Sunday with a similar stunt, with a noose in the stall of his garage before the postponed race on the Talladega Superspeedway, which he described as a "despicable act of racism" and promised to continue fighting in the battle for racial equality. The stunt was in response to Wallace's successful campaign to ban the Confederate flag from the sport given what it represents to African Americans.
The FBI has now launched an investigation into who left the noose in Wallace's team garage on Sunday as strict security measures were taken to determine who may enter the pit area.
While Nascar showed his support for Wallace at the planned race in Alabama on Monday, a second snare was found in Sonoma.
Raceway President Steve Page said a "piece of string tied in an apparent noose" was found hanging from a tree behind a former administration office on Saturday.
Page said the incident was being investigated by the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department. He also said he asked employees and business tenants on site to provide information or "possible alternative explanations".
The track was closed over the weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic and is the largest racetrack in the Bay Area.
Wallace later made his own statement on social media saying he was "incredibly sad" about the incident.
"(It) serves as a painful reminder of how far we still have to go as a society and how persistent we have to be in the fight against racism," he said.
A variety of other drivers also used social media to express their support for the 26-year-old.
Ryan Blaney, who won the race on Monday, called Watson his "brother".
"You are my brother and always will be," he tweeted. "Don't let people who are lower than life try to bring you down. They won't scare you because you are strong. I stand by you, buddy. Forever."
Alex Bowman also expressed appreciation for Watson's efforts to fight for what he believed in.
He said on Twitter: "We may not always get along best, but I really appreciate the person who is BubbaWallace and everything he does to make us all get better."
Watson finished 14th on Monday.
Additional reporting by PA
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