"When my crew guy - who happens to be African-American - saw that he did his research first", Wallace, a native of Mobile, explained on "First Take".
NASCAR issued a statement regarding the FBI's decision saying, "We appreciate the FBI's quick and thorough investigation and are thankful to learn that this was not an intentional, racist act against Bubba".
"I'm mad because people are trying to test my character and the person that I am and my integrity", he stated.
The 26-year-old Alabama native has worn an "I Can't Breathe" shirt and his auto has sported a Black Lives Matter paint scheme.
Earlier Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a report that said no hate crime took place because, among other things, the rope at the track had been fashioned in the form of a noose in October 2019 and "nobody could have known Mr. We are angry and outraged, and can not state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act", NASCAR said in a statement. Richard Petty, owner of Wallace's iconic 43 auto, was in attendance, making his first appearance at a race since the COVID-19 pandemic.
"For us at NASCAR, this is the best result we could hope for", NASCAR President Steve Phelps told reporters in a conference call. NASCAR is still investigating how and why it got there in the first place, but law enforcement and the governing body concluded definitively: Bubba Wallace didn't put it there.
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"When I did find out, I was very adamant on searching all the garages and making sure that this wasn't a garage pull and it ended up being one", he told NBC News. The rope has been in the garage since as early as October 2019, according to confirmed NASCAR footage. Nascar said appearance of the flag was "contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry".
"Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team".
"I was relieved, just like many others, to know that it wasn't targeted towards me", Wallace told NBC's "Today" about the noose. "We are one big family ..."
The incident sparked outrage in the racing world and beyond, coming at a time when anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests are sweeping the US. The last race we had had there in October, that noose was present, and it was -- the fact that it was not found until a member of the 43 team came there is something that is a fact.
And while it's clear that the rope was tied into a noose long before Wallace's vehicle occupied the No. 4 garage, Wallace is adamant that it was, in fact, a noose like both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and NASCAR have said. "NASCAR rallies around Bubba Wallace following noose incident, drivers push vehicle to front of pack". The 26-year-old Richard Petty Motorsports driver did nothing wrong.
NASCAR saying it had found a noose stunned the stock vehicle series as it takes an active position in a push for inclusion.