NASCAR driver debuts a Trump 2020 car in Brickyard 400 race against Bubba Wallace
A NASCAR driver will debut a Trump 2020 car in the Brickyard 400 race against Bubba Wallace this weekend, just weeks after the black driver found a ‘noose’ in his garage at another event.
Corey LaJoie, 28, will hit the track this Sunday in his newly painted Ford Mustang with ‘Trump 2020’ over the hood and rear quarter panels, his racing team announced Wednesday.
Go Fas Racing unveiled the new design for the No. 32 car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis this weekend, and pledged its support for Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.
A NASCAR driver takes to the track this Sunday in his newly painted Ford Mustang with ‘Trump 2020’ over the hood and rear quarter panels (photo), his racing team announced Wednesday
“I am honored to be part of the President’s reelection campaign through the Patriots of America PAC,” team owner Archie St. Hilaire said in a statement.
“As a Trump 2020 supporter, this team will do its utmost to secure victory inside and outside the track and elect President Donald Trump for a second term.”
LaJoie said he hoped the design would encourage more racing fans to vote in the upcoming elections.
“With an estimated 75 million NASCAR fans out there, I was surprised that about 15 million of those fans are not registered voters,” he said Wednesday.
“I will do my utmost to get NASCAR fans to vote through our team efforts on and off the track. Hopefully when they see the car, they should race to the polls in November. ‘
The blue, red and white design also features ‘Your Vote Counts’ symbols and was created in collaboration with the pro-Trump Patriots of America PAC.
The overt show of Trump propaganda on LaJoie’s car at the upcoming event comes after Wallace debuted a Black Lives Matter paint design on his car at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia in early June. He will be riding a different blue design this weekend.
Corey LaJoie, 28, (right) debuts the Trump 2020 car in the Brickyard 400 race against Bubba Wallace (left) this weekend just weeks after the black driver found a ‘noose’ in his garage at another event
Go Fas Racing unveiled the new design for LaJoie’s number 32 car ahead of the race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is after Wallace, 26, debuted a Black Lives Matter paint design on his car at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia in early June.
Wallace, the only black NASCAR driver, was in the midst of a suspected hate crime when a ‘noose’ was found on June 21 in his garage box at the Talladega Speedway.
26-year-old Wallace had made calls just two weeks earlier to ban the Confederate flag from NASCAR locations and races.
NASCAR agreed to ban the flag, and both the company and Wallace faced major backlash from their southern fans.
A driver of NASCAR’s truck series, Ray Ciccarelli, promised to retire due to his concerns at the end of the season due to his concerns, while a group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans caused a small propeller plane to fly the southern flag over the race track at the North of Alabama would fly the scheduled race and a caravan of cars paraded in front of Talladega’s main gate against the rebel flag.
The discovery of the noose-like rope raised fears that Wallace was the target of a racist attack.
All 39 other NASCAR drivers gathered in support of Wallace at the restart of the race the next day, and collectively pushed his No. 43 car to the front of the grid in a token of solidarity.
Wallace, the only black NASCAR driver, was at the center of a suspected hate crime when a ‘noose’ was found in his garage box at Talladega Speedway on June 21. All 39 other NASCAR drivers gathered Wallace before Monday’s restart (pictured) after the noose’s discovery, collectively pushing his No. 43 car toward the front of the grid in a show of solidarity
NASCAR released a photo of the suspected ‘noose’ found in Wallace’s garage box, which the FBI investigated as a possible hate crime before revealing that it was an innocent garage door pull that had been in use for at least a year
Born in Alabama, Wallace was overwhelmed with emotions and fought back tears when his car owner, NASCAR legend Richard Petty, gave him a hug the moments before the race started.
NASCAR and the FBI both investigated the ‘sling’, which revealed that the rope was in fact a garage door pull cord previously used in the same stable by a white driver, Paul Menard, in 2019.
Images from previous years showed similar garage door pullers used by other drivers, although none looked exactly like a ‘sling’ in the same way as the rope in Wallace’s stable.
Wallace had only two weeks before the noose incident led to the Confederate flag being banned from NASCAR locations and races. Some southern fans were outraged and flew the southern flag over the race track in northern Alabama for the planned race, and a caravan of cars paraded against the rebel flag in front of Talladega’s main entrance (photo)
According to the American lawyer Jay Town and FBI Special Agent Johnnie Sharp Jr. no one could have known that Wallace would be assigned that specific stable prior to last weekend’s race.
Circuit officials surveyed representatives of each NASCAR circuit to know exactly how many garage door pull-down ropes are tied in a similar fashion.
Of the 1,684 stalls on 29 tracks, only 11 were tied with folding ropes, and only one was made in a noose – which was in Wallace’s stall – according to NASCAR.com.
Some people have called the investigation about the rope a “hoax” and said that NASCAR had somehow overreacted to the shocking incident.
Wallace went back to the charges and said the whole experience for him was “just not pure hell” and the “common denominator is racism.”
Brickyard 400, the annual 400-mile NASCAR Cup Series points race, takes place on Sunday at 1 p.m. local time in Indiana.
THE ‘NOOSE’ TIMELINE
- June 9 Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only black full-time driver on the top track, calls on the sport to permanently ban the South Flag
- June 10th NASCAR bans the flag after 70 years in all races
- 21st of June – Prior to the planned launch of the GEICO 500 in Alabama, a Southern flag is hoisted over the Talladega runway as a caravan of protesters float rebel flags back and forth in front of the entrance
- 21st of June – After the race is delayed by rain, a member of Wallace’s team discovers the suspected noose in his garage box
- 21st of June – NASCAR confirms discovery of the ‘noose’
- June 22 The FBI is investigating the suspected hate crime
- June 22 All 39 other NASCAR drivers rally in support of Wallace for the GEICO 500 restart, pushing his No. 43 car to the front of the grid in a show of solidarity
- June 23 The FBI reveals the suspected ‘noose’ is a garage door pull string that has been in use for at least a year
- 24th of June Wallace praises the FBI for her investigation and says he is ‘relieved’ that he was not the target of a racist gesture
- 25 June NASCAR displays a photo of the doorway, with a long length of rope looped with one end around the knot
- 25 June NASCAR reveals that of the 1,684 garage boxes on the 29 tracks, only 11 were tied with folding ropes, and only one of them was tied in a sling – the one in Wallace’s stall