NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace has fired back on Twitter after a user confused him with another driver. That other driver, according to reports, was subsequently suspended for making racist comments.
On Friday, Nov. 13, user Susan Henderson tweeted:
However, it wasn’t Bubba Wallace who has been suspended from NASCAR competition, but driver Mike Wallace. NASCAR announced in September that Mike Wallace had been indefinitely suspended. Wallace had allegedly made a “social media post that violated its member conduct guidelines.”
Mike Wallace reportedly violated Sections 12.1, 12.8 and 12.8.1.e (Member Conduct Guidelines) of NASCAR’s rule book. The last of those rules states, “Member actions that could result in a fine and/or indefinite suspension, or termination: Public statement and/or communication that criticizes, ridicules, or otherwise disparages another person based upon that person’s race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, or handicapping condition.”
In his response, Bubba Wallace, the only Black Cup Series driver, retweeted Henderson’s comment. He added: “Now she really gonna be mad that she’s wrong.”
Fans in support of Wallace responded to the tweet.
Bubba Wallace Supports Social Justice Causes
Above all, Wallace has been an advocate for social change during his racing career. In addition, he successfully petitioned NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag from racetracks. Importantly, he has also supported racial justice initiatives following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville.
In addition, Wallace will drive for a new race team when NASCAR resumes in 2021. Earlier this year, he announced he would be leaving Richard Petty Motorsports. Consequently, he announced that he will no longer be driving the No. 43 car. Meanwhile, he plans to race for Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin’s new 23XI and drive the No. 23 car. Consequently, many of Wallace’s team are also leaving Richard Petty Motorsports.