FBI officials say the noose that was placed in Bubba Wallace’s garage was not, an act of someone committing a hate crime against NASCAR’s lone black driver. They determined that the noose had been in that specific garage, since last October.
The FBI says the noose was tied in a way to be used as a door pull, Wallace was only assigned the space last week. The investigation shows whoever put it there was not targeting him. But NASCAR President Steve Phelps says, the racing circuit will continue its’ investigation as to why a rope fashioned into a noose, was put there in the first place. On Sunday, a crew member of Bubba Wallace’s team found the noose in the garage of the 43 car and immediately reported it officials at the Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama. NASCAR acted swiftly, condemning the act, saying the person or parties will be permanently banned from the sport. Prior to the start of the Geico 500, which was postponed to Monday, due to inclement weather. Fellow drivers and other crew members showed support for Wallace, embracing him with hugs and pushing his number 43-car down pit road. He has been an active supporter of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, and he advocated to ban confederate flags at NASCAR events.