NASCAR's decision to ban the Confederate battle flag has stirred conversations about attracting new fans. In some ways, that has overlooked the experiences of black fans already committed to the sport.
In an extraordinary act of solidarity with NASCAR's only Black driver, dozens of drivers pushed the car belonging to Bubba Wallace to the front of the field before Monday's race as FBI agents nearby tried to find out who left a noose in his garage stall over the weekend.
While speaking out a generation ago might have been deemed harmful to a brand, staying silent during a time of national crisis in 2020 can create an impression of being complacent at best and complicit at worst.
The Shelby Ford started a rivalry with General Motors' Corvette in Sports Car Club of America racing in the United States, featured in the current movie "Ford vs. Ferrari," and also in "24 Hour War," from 2016.
John Force, 70, tied Ed "Ace" McCulloch for the most Funny Car wins in Indy history at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, powering his Camaro to a run of 3.919 seconds at 324.44 mph to beat Jack Beckman.