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Bubba Wallace wears 'I can't breathe' shirt ahead of Atlanta NASCAR race

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Bubba Wallace, the only black driver in NASCAR's Cup Series, made his voice heard Sunday in Atlanta.

Wallace wore a T-shirt reading "I can't breathe" and "Black Lives Matter" during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 pre-race in support of ongoing protests across the United States and the world. He also complied with NASCAR's coronavirus safety protocol by donning a face mask featuring the U.S. flag.

After FOX shared a statement from Wallace, broadcaster Jeff Gordon followed with his own impassioned message calling for change.

NASCAR president Steve Phelps also delivered an address ahead of Sunday's opening lap. A 30-second moment of silence followed, along with a video published earlier Sunday featuring multiple drivers speaking out against racism.

Wallace, NASCAR's first full-time black driver in more than a decade, spoke out in April after fellow driver Kyle Larson used a racial slur during an iRacing event.

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