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$500 Million Discrimination suit filed against NASCAR


Georgia native Terrance Cox III has filed a $500 Million race discrimination suit against NASCAR and NASCAR’s race teams. Cox says that his attempts to make NASCAR more racially diverse were rejected by NASCAR’s sanctioning body.

Cox has said that NASCAR, its race teams, and International Speedway Corp. have not made any efforts to get corporate sponsors to support an African-American race team. According to Cox there were potential sponsors that NASCAR encouraged not to work with Cox and instead work with some of NASCAR’s bigger teams run by people such as Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Not only this but he claims that his efforts to work with Drive for Diversity were pushed aside by NASCAR.

According to Cox NASCAR and it’s numerous race teams have “engaged in unlawful intentional racial discrimination by refusing to sanction African-American owned racing teams … and by refusing to hire African-American drivers for its racing teams.”

NASCAR has since gone on to defend its Drive for Diversity program in a statement and that it will fight the lawsuit saying, “NASCAR not only will defend our organization against these merit-less allegations, but we will be asserting our own claims against Mr. Cox for his defamatory actions.”

NASCAR has said that they have put programs such Drive for Diversity in place to give opportunities to women and minorities. According to NASCAR drive for diversity is a continued top priority for the organization and stakeholders and currently have one full time African American driver Darrell Wallace Jr. who competes in the Xfinity Series for Roush Fenway Racing.

This however is not something that will be in the background for NASCAR as Cox is the founder of the Minority Youth Matters Movement who often tweet about claiming racism in NASCAR and has issued a news release about possible protests at NASCAR events.