The team announced on Tuesday, “NASCAR driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. on Wednesday will race with #BlacklivesMatter paint scheme on his No.43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet in Wednesday’s Cup Series at Martin Speedway.”
Wallace is the only African American racer in the Cup Series. He shows solidarity with the Black community and has been integral in leading the sport’s response to George Floyd’s death and protest against police brutality”.
Wallace’s paint scheme will be in full black color while #BlackLivesMatter written on the quarter panel. On the front, there is an image of a handshake between a black person and a white person.”Compassion, Love, Understanding” message painted below this image.
Richard Petty Motorsports tweeted with hashtag #CompassionLoveUnderstanding and also send a video of the race car,
“Tomorrow night at @MartinsvilleSwy, @BubbaWallace will run a special #BlackLivesMatter paint scheme promoting racial equality. #CompassionLoveUnderstanding”
In video Wallace said’s that they were inspired by Blackout Tuesday Movement, he added, “We knew the Martinsville race was open. We did not sell sponsorship for that, and it sparked an idea of: Why not run a blackout car? And I was like, ‘Absolutely, that would be incredible.’ Our team brought that idea to me, and I jumped all over it. And we had further conversations of, ‘Let’s make a statement behind it and run a foundation or a charity [on it] that’s helping push the narrative and the initiative of what’s going on in the world today, racial inequality. Let’s find somebody that aligns with that.’ And why not dive straight to the root and putting #BlackLivesMatter on the car? Most powerful hashtag going around, I feel like, especially these last couple days, last couple months.”
Wallace’s said, “And it’s true: Black lives do matter. It’s not that we’re saying, ‘No other lives matter.’ We’re trying to say, ‘Black lives matter, too.’ If we put ‘t-o-o’ in the end, I think a lot more people would understand it. We want to be treated equally and not judged off our skin color and the actions that we get to ensure are based off of our skin color. It’s different, so that’s what we’re trying to get across.,”
He added more, “We want to be a part of this nation as one and come together as one. But we always say, ‘All lives will not matter until black lives matter.”
Bob Pockrass tweeted with more amazing clicks of race cars, ”
Another look at the Bubba Wallace paint scheme for Martinsville: #nascar @NASCARONFOX”
I Can’t Breathe
Wallace wore a shirt before the start of NASCAR’s with a message wrote on it “I Can’t Breathe” and “Black Lives Matter.” at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.
He was one of the big-name drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr., kyle Busch or many more who made a video on topic anti-racism and encourage others to join them in educating themselves about this issue.
Wallace also shared a video on twitter Sunday before the Atlanta race began.
Bubba said in this video, “The events of recent weeks highlighted the work we still need to do as a nation to condemn racial inequality and racism. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmad Arbery and countless others in the black community are heartbreaking and can no longer be ignored.”
He added, “The process begins with us listening and learning because understanding the problem is the first step in fixing it. We are committed to listening with empathy and with an open heart to better educate ourselves. We will use this education to advocate for change in our nation, our communities, and most importantly, in our own homes, even after the headlines go away.”
NASCAR President Steve Phelp’s
NASCAR President Steve Phelps’s statement also aired on FOX before the game start in which he said, “The time is now to listen, to understand and to stand against racism and racial injustice,”
Phelps said, “We ask our drivers, our competitors, and all our fans to join us in this mission to take a moment of reflection to acknowledge that we must do better as a sport.”