A noose was found in Bubba Wallace's garage stall Sunday at Talladega and now NASCAR is investigating.
Wallace, who is the only Black driver in NASCAR's top circuit and an outspoken supporter of the Black Lives Movement, wrote in a lengthy tweet, "Today's despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism." He added, "This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in."
Wallace has been outspoken and called on NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at races, which they ultimately did. NASCAR released a statement saying, "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."
According to NASCAR, the garage area is restricted to essential personnel only, which includes race teams, NASCAR officials, security and health and safety personnel.