NASCAR Shows Solidarity With Ukraine Ahead of the Race in Austin

Published 03/27/2022, 10:15 AM EDT
Mar 20, 2022; Hampton, Georgia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) races alongside Martin Truex Jr (19) during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In the last few seasons, NASCAR has developed a lot. And that’s not just technological or sporting development, it’s the development of the culture, of the environment, of values, and of the sport itself.

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The premier series of racing in the United States is making sure everyone knows that they’re not just about fast cars and entertainment, that there’s more to them than ‘just’ that.

So it comes as no surprise that ahead of the first road course of the season, along with the expectations of another exciting and tantalizing race, NASCAR is also putting the spotlight on important issues.

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The iconic tower at the Circuit Of The Americas was lit up in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag as NASCAR showed solidarity with the European nation amidst the geopolitical crisis.

NASCAR driver from Ukraine thanks the team owners and drivers for help

In an interview with FOX, Igor Romanov, the Ukrainian national who drives in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, expressed his thankfulness to the team owners, drivers, and the rest of the NASCAR community who have stepped in to help their cause.

“I’m really grateful to the legendary Richard Childress for his help. Also for Hendrick Motorsports, for Ryan Blaney displaying the Ukrainian flag on his bumper, and for Stefan Parsons and the BJ McLeod Motorsports team for the Ukraine Strong livery,” Romanov said.

“All these things are extremely important for all of us.”

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Feb 16, 2022; Daytona, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney (12) during qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Romanov, who also works as a broadcaster for the Cup Series races in his country, described that he’s working “really hard” to promote his favorite sport in his country. “I’m proud that we have a lot of new fans here,” he said.

He hopes to visit the United States one day and experience a Cup Series live. However, Igor Romanov has a bigger priority in his life at this moment, his “biggest dream.”

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And that is to have peace in his country.

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

Edited By: Ankit Sharma

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