NASCAR indefinitely suspended driver Mike Wallace, it announced Thursday (Sept. 10). The 61-year-old must undergo sensitivity training before he can return.
According to the NASCAR rule book, one of the rules which Wallace violated states the following:
“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.”
Wallace returned to the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season after not having competed in any of the national touring series since 2015. He has driven in three NASCAR Xfinity Series races this year for JD Motorsports.
In his career, Wallace has raced in all three main NASCAR series – the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity and the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. He has four Xfinity wins and five Truck wins.
Wallace became the second NASCAR driver to be suspended for behavioral action this year, as former Cup Series driver Kyle Larson was suspended for his usage of the ‘N’ word during the sport’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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