MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WBRC) - Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statement Monday regarding an incident over the weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
The statement comes after a noose was found in the garage stall of Black driver Bubba Wallace at the NASCAR race on Sunday, less than two weeks after he successfully pushed the stock car racing series to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and facilities.
Gov. Ivey’s full statement reads:
“I am shocked and appalled to hear of yesterday’s vile act against Bubba Wallace in Talladega -there is no place for this disgusting display of hatred in our state. Racism and threats of this nature will not be condoned nor tolerated, and I commit to assisting in any way possible to ensure that the person responsible for this is caught and punished. While the important conversation of racial reconciliation is ongoing all over our country, it is clear there is much work to do. Bubba Wallace is one of us; he is a native of Mobile and on behalf of all Alabamians, I apologize to Bubba Wallace as well as to his family and friends for the hurt this has caused and regret the mark this leaves on our state. I ask the NASCAR family to rally around Bubba and his team as they compete today and I know that there are more people who are wishing him well today than ever before.”
NASCAR president Steve Phelps held a news teleconference Monday afternoon. He said action against the noose incident and arrest(s) would be swift.
Phelps said a small number of people had access to that area, so they are narrowing it down. People who would’ve had access would be staff members or team members.
Phelps said they do not believe the incident was a hoax at all and it was personally offensive for people to insinuate that.
Richard Petty will be in Talladega to support Bubba Monday.
Here is the news teleconference: