UPDATE: FBI states noose found in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall was there since October 2019

UPDATE — 5:15 p.m. ET: The FBI has announced the findings of its investigation into the discovery of a noose in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace at Talladega on Sunday night.

“The FBI learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week. The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019. Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.”

NASCAR also issued a statement following the FBI’s announcement.

“We appreciate the FBI’s quick and thorough investigation and are thankful to learn that this was not an intentional, racist act against Bubba. We remain steadfast in our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all who love racing.”

In a teleconference on Tuesday, NASCAR President Steve Phelps stated the 43 team had nothing to do with the incident, and that NASCAR is still investigating.

Then, later this afternoon, Richard Petty Motorsports released its own statement.

Phelps said NASCAR it is still investigating how the garage pull rope was made to look like a noose. NASCAR checked every other garage stall and none had been shaped like a noose.

“The last race we had had there in October, that noose was present, and the fact that it was not found until a member of the 43 team came there is something that is a fact,” Phelps said. “We had not been back to the garage. It was a quick one‑day show.

“The crew member went back in there. He looked and saw the noose, brought it to the attention of his crew chief, who then went to the NASCAR series director Jay Fabian, and we launched this investigation.”

Phelps said he felt calling the FBI was justified.

“To be clear, we would do this again,” he said. “Of the evidence that we had, it was clear that we needed to look into this.”

The noose was originally found late Sunday afternoon. That evening, NASCAR issued a statement announcing an investigation.

Monday evening, the NASCAR Race Hub crew reacted to the results of the FBI’s investigation:

NASCAR confirmed Monday morning that a member of the Richard Petty Motorsports team found the noose in Wallace’s garage stall.

Wallace has been a leader in advocating for NASCAR to take a bigger role against racism and for NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag, which it did on June 10.

After the FBI’s investigation was concluded, the NASCAR world and the sports world began to express relief via social media, as well as their continued support for Wallace, including his crew member, Freddie Kraft.

This is a developing story.