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Phelps tackled a number of topics during a conference call with the sport’s media but went out of his way to address the sport’s efforts to promote equality and combating social injustice and how it will remain an important element of the sport going forward.
Following the killing of George Floyd in late May 2020, Bubba Wallace – the only fulltime African-American driver in NASCAR’s premier Cup series – called on the sport to remove the Confederate flag from race tracks.
By the next month, NASCAR had officially banned the display of the Confederate flag from its tracks and properties – a move that was hailed by many but also prompted backlash from some longtime fans and triggered its own protests. Darrell Wallace Jr., Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro “I think it was the right time for our country. I think it was the right time for our sport. The response to that was fantastic,” Phelps said. “What we do in the areas of social justice and diversity equity inclusion is going to be authentic to who we are.
“It may not be the right thing for the NBA, but it’s going to be the right thing for us. We’ve broken our […]