TUCSON, Arizona — This Sunday, as Nascar drivers will be turning right and left, Tucson's Alex Bowman will be supporting those gay and straight, and the entire LGBTQ+ community.
His car will have a special "Better Together" emblem on his No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro in Nascar's Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
Bowman isn't just helping Nascar celebrate. He's also helping Nascar apologize for what is a recent checkered past. Last Wednesday, the sport tweeted that recent actions weren't aligned with its mission to be welcoming for all.
As we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, we acknowledge that recent actions have not aligned with NASCAR’s mission to be a welcoming sport for all.— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 1, 2022
We remain steadfast in our commitment to create a more inclusive environment -- in our workplaces, at the race track & in the stands. pic.twitter.com/r0h232xaXd
While Nascar didn't specify what it was apologizing for, those who cover the sport surmise it was because it hosted Texas Governor Greg Abbott at last week's All-Star race. Abbott, who is not considered to be an LGBTQ+ ally, waived the ceremonial green flag.
Bowman isn't the first to have a car that will be celebrating Pride, but it takes on additional meaning this week as he looks to win his first road race.
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