Bubba Wallace is feeling the love.
Less than 24 hours after a noose was reportedly found in the NASCAR driver’s garage, members from all corners of the NASCAR world have reached out to Wallace to lend support. Several acts of solidarity are reportedly being planned for Monday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
After the GEICO 500 was postponed due to weather, NASCAR and its drivers are banding together to show Wallace, the circuit’s lone Black driver, its support amid the United State’s rising racial tensions and protests around the country.
NASCAR communications director Matt Humphrey posted an image of an #IStandWithBubba lettering on the lawn at Talladega.
In addition, NASCAR drivers are reportedly planning to stand in solidarity with Wallace prior to Monday’s rescheduled race. While no concrete show of support has been announced, one report indicated that drivers may help push Wallace’s No. 43 to the front of the racing grid prior to the start of the race.
Per source, NASCAR drivers are planning to support @BubbaWallace today by pushing the 43 to the front of the grid in unison. Everyone will then stand around the car for the national anthem.
— Dustin Albino (@DustinAlbino) June 22, 2020
Earlier on Monday, Richard Petty announced he would be making an appearance at Talladega to support Wallace, who drives for Petty Motorsports.
After news of the noose in Wallace’s garage broke, athletes from all corners of the greater sports world offered their support to Wallace, including basketball superstar LeBron James. Alabama senator Doug Jones also weighed in.
Wallace has been vocal and supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement and is helping to educate fellow NASCAR drivers on the issues which he and other Black Americans face. Earlier in June, NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its races and venues.
Reports say the FBI is currently on site at Talladega to investigate the noose situation.