FBI: No Charges in Noose Incident Involving NASCAR Driver Bubba Wallace

NASCAR released a statement Tuesday regarding the FBI investigation of the noose found in driver Bubba Wallace’s garage stall Sunday at Talladega Speedway.

The FBI has determined that Wallace was not a target of a hate crime and the noose had been in the stall since at least last October. Wallace is NASCAR’s only full-time Black driver.

One of Wallace’s crew members from Richard Petty Motorsports discovered the noose Sunday. NASCAR notified the FBI upon being alerted of the discovery.

In a statement, NASCAR said.

“The FBI has completed its investigation at Talladega Superspeedway and determined that Bubba Wallace was not the target of a hate crime. The FBI report concludes, and photographic evidence confirms, that the garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned there since as early as last fall. This was obviously well before the 43 team’s arrival and garage assignment. We appreciate the FBI’s quick and thorough investigation and are thankful to learn that this was not an intentional, racist act against Bubba. We remain steadfast in our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all who love racing.”