Day: June 11, 2020

NASCAR bans the Confederate flag

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its races and properties on Wednesday, formally distancing itself from what for many is a symbol of slavery and racism that had been a familiar sight at stock car events for more than 70 years.

The move comes amid social unrest around the globe following the death in police custody of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis. Protests have roiled the nation for days and Confederate monuments are being taken down across the South — the traditional fan base for NASCAR.

Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s lone black driver, called this week for the banishment of the Confederate flag and said there was “no place” for them in the sport, a view that had been expressed by others surrounding the sport for years. At long last, NASCAR obliged.

“The presence of the confederate flag

2020 Honda Jazz First Drive | What’s new, next-generation Honda Fit, hybrid

With roughly 7.5 million sold in 20 years, it’s safe to say people love the Honda Fit, or as it’s called in Europe and elsewhere, the Jazz. “Elsewhere” would be the key term since Honda’s versatile subcompact hatchback is not only sold all over the world, it has also been built in 10 plants in eight different countries, including China, where the authorities were so honored to have a Fit factory within their borders, they allowed Honda an unprecedented larger share in the joint venture.

A major reason is safety, which was highlighted from the very beginning. I attended the original launch at Honda’s Tochigi R&D center in Japan, which started with a crash test. The 2,535-pound Fit was subjected to an offset impact with a six-year-old, 4,030-pound Honda Legend sedan at a closing speed of 62 mph.