Skip to comments.Driver sues NASCAR, claims he was excluded from diversity program for being ‘too Caucasian’
Posted on 04/23/2012 5:33:55 PM PDT by Olog-hai
An aspiring stock-car driver is suing NASCAR, claiming he was denied the opportunity to compete in NASCARs diversity program because he looks too Caucasian.
NASCAR argues that in trying to change the face of the sport, it has the right to select drivers for its diversity program based on skin color, attorneys for the sanctioning body and its former diversity program administrators have told a U.S. District court.
Michael Rodriguez, a driver from Pennsylvania, says in his complaint filed in U.S. District Court that he was denied the opportunity to compete in the 2005 and 2006 Drive For Diversity combines.
Rodriguez is suing NASCAR and Access Communications, which operated NASCARs diversity program from its inception in 2004 until 2008 and conducted the combines that are designed for teams in NASCARs regional series to scout minority drivers.
NASCARs Drive for Diversity program was created to develop minority drivers and crewmen and help them advance through the NASCAR ranks with the goal of reaching the sports top series.
Rodriguez, now in his early 20s, is asking for undetermined damages for violation of his civil rights.
Rodriguez was invited to compete in the 2005 combine at age 15 with a resume that included two state karting championships. He also was the youngest driver ever to win a Super Late Model event at Mountain Speedway, a one-third mile asphalt track in St. Johns, Pa.
He states in his complaint that he believes he was discriminated against because of his complexion. According to his claim, he is of Puerto Rican and Spanish descent and identifies himself as Puerto Rican. He states in his claim that he is blue-eyed and fair-skinned.
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Could be Moorish.
I dunno maybe even a white kid.
Holder’s People won’t be satisfied until the Daytona 500 is filled with Cadillac Escalades, with 22 inch spinner wheels....and Chey Volt’s, driven by women.....
I’m No KKK Poster Boy
Maybe he’s adopted?
NASCAR lost me when they did this sh1t. No stupid diversity program. Most of the normal drivers came up the hard way too.
I can't stop laughing....
When is the NFL going to introduce a diversity program for the position of cornerback?
White and Nerdy
Because We’re Too White
It’s tough being a white Hispanic.
When is the NBA going to introduce a diversity program for EVERY team in the League!!!
if NASCAR doesn’t want whites...
then it’s time whites stop watching NASCAR
I’m pretty sure they’ll get the message
Don't forget thugball, there.
What's the lastest? "Accidental" mugging on the court causing a concussion? Diversity doesn't seem to apply.