Ex NASCAR driver Willy T. Ribbs has a message for NASCAR after the association came to a decision to ban the ‘Confederate flag’ at its events. Willy was the first African American driver to compete in the Indianapolis 500.
Back In 1991, Willy T. Ribbs became the first African American driver to participate in the Indy 500. also, he has competed in races across NASCAR, IndyCar, IMSA, and the Trans-Am Series.
Ribbs was speaking with Autoweek about the recent events. He stated, “Now that NASCAR has taken a step. They better keep on stepping. This ride that we’re on now is not going to be over for a while.”. After that, he revealed that NASCAR wasn’t interested in him when he used to drive.
commenting on the flag ban, he stated, “It was a reactive move. It wasn’t proactive. But it was a brilliant PR move on their part. It was absolutely brilliant. They could teach the NFL something about that. Now, they’re going to have to show they mean it.”
He thinks that NASCAR gave Bubba the signal to lead the protest he stated below:
“Drivers don’t tell NASCAR what to do. Drivers and owners don’t make rules for NASCAR. They just sent him out there as a frontman.”
.@WillyRibbs on @NASCAR: "It was a reactive move. It wasn’t proactive. But it was a brilliant PR move on their part. … I’m sure NASCAR gave [@BubbaWallace] the green light. There’s no question. … They just sent him out there as a frontman.”
— Adam Stern (@A_S12) June 13, 2020
He spoke about Lewis Hamilton’s stand in support of the ongoing protests he stated:
“It seems like Lewis Hamilton kicked it off by taking a stand for humanity,” Ribbs said. “However, where was everyone in racing when Colin Kaepernick was kneeling? If George Floyd were still alive, would that Confederate flag still be flying?”