If you’d like to own your own NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series team, it appears that CMI Motorsports, which is owned by 50-year old Ray Ciccarelli, is up for grabs once the 2020 season is over.
Ciccarelli’s personal Facebook page posted a statement from Ciccarelli saying that they will be selling their race team following NASCAR made changes to their protocols involving the national anthem and confederate flag.
Ciccarelli’s team has run a total of 15 races since 2018, and has scored a best finish of ninth last season at Michigan with Ciccarelli behind the wheel.
NASCAR has had a big week of statements. In one week they have stood in unity with overcoming racism in America, in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, which has led to protests and riots around the whole country.
NASCAR also has announced a new initiative aimed at helping the LBGTQ community and they have also stated that drivers are able to kneel during the national anthem, if they feel compelled to do so and that the confederate flag will be banned from all events.
While you would expect blow-back from a few fans on the aggressive change from staying on the sidelines during important issues in the world to now jumping in the mix, but I don;t think anyone expected team owners to threaten to leave the sport over NASCAR opting to voice their desire of inclusion of more people into the sport.
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