IndyCar Fires Flagman!

Scott Dixon earns the checkered flag as he crosses the finish line to win an IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, June 6, 2020.

IndyCar severed ties Thursday with the series flagman after a Facebook post in which he was critical of NASCAR’s new policies. Those policies include no longer forcing team members to stand during the national anthem and banning the Confederate flag from racetracks.

An IndyCar spokesperson confirmed that Brad Hockaday was fired from his seasonal, part-time position that saw him stand on the flag stand at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday and usher in the start of the delayed 2020 season.

His time with the series dated to the start of the 2017 season, according to his LinkedIn page, and he had also served as a flagman with the ARCA racing series from 2005-17, as well as USAC dating to 2004. Hockaday also owns Profesional MotorSports Solutions LLC, which he described online as a “manufacture representative for several manufacturers in the motorsports industry” and a company that “provides anything from timing and scoring, scoreboards radios, sublimated shirts and flags.”

In his recent Facebook post, which appears to have been deleted but was shared on the IndyCar Reddit thread, Hockaday called upon “short tracks round the country to pull their NASCAR sanctions for their recent actions towards America.” Hockaday believed that allowing team members to kneel during the national anthem in a peaceful protest of police brutality against African Americans, as well as banning fans from bringing versions of the Confederate flag in areas around the track, was a sign of a group “that doesn’t respect what the American flag stands for.”

Words have consequences!


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