Nascar has opened an investigation into how a derogatory message was broadcast on Bubba Wallace’s racing team’s radio channel during last weekend’s All-Star race.
Wallace, the only black Nascar driver in the Cup series, had just finished Sunday’s race at North Wilkesboro Speedway when a non-23XI Racing radio person said, “Go back to where you came from” and then added another non-racial person. expletive.
Nascar spokesman Mike Forde said Wednesday that the series immediately had its security and racing electronics teams investigate the hack. He said Wallace did not hear the comment.
Forde said Nascar is trying to determine who broke Wallace’s radio communications and how they did it, as well as the best method to prevent that from happening in the future.
Forde said the investigation was ongoing and would have occurred regardless of the nature of the comment.
“We certainly take it seriously, there’s no question about that,” he said. “But we can’t allow fans to interfere with team radio and potential competition implications.”
Wallace’s 23XI Racing team said Thursday that it was in contact with Nascar and feels “confident with their handling of the situation.”
Nascar had already said earlier this week that there were no plans to penalize Wallace after he appeared to make an obscene gesture on camera before a live interview with Fox Sports.
Wallace, who is from Alabama, successfully called out Nascar in 2020 ban confederate flag at your events.
He hasn’t been shy about using his platform, but it has come with detractors and scrutiny, including a noose found in his Talladega Superspeedway garage stall after his call to ban the Confederate flag.
The FBI ruled that the garage pull was designed as a noose, but that it was a coincidence that I was in Wallace’s position, and he was not a victim of a hate crime.