A comprehensive group of NASCAR Industry Members issued a written statement today, asking fans and partners to voluntarily abstain from displaying the Confederate flag at race events.
“As members of the NASCAR industry, we join NASCAR in the desire to make our events among the most fan-friendly, welcoming environments in all of sports and entertainment,” said the statement. “To do that, we are asking our fans and partners to join us in a renewed effort to create an all-inclusive even more welcoming atmosphere for all who attend our events. This will include the request to refrain from displaying the Confederate Flag at our facilities and NASCAR events.
“We are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols. This is an opportunity for NASCAR Nation to demonstrate its sense of mutual respect and acceptance for all who attend our events while collectively sharing the tremendous experience of NASCAR racing.”
All 13 International Speedway Corporation (ISC) facilities, including Auto Club and Chicagoland Speedways, Darlington Raceway, Daytona, Homestead-Miami, Kansas, Martinsville and Michigan International Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Richmond International Raceway, Route 66 Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Watkins Glen International signed the statement.
They were joined by the eight Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) facilities, including Atlanta, Bristol and Charlotte Motor Speedways, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.
Dover International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Iowa Speedway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Road America, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Eldora Speedway and Gateway Motorsports Park also endorsed the statement.