“Here’s the problem with this story,” Harvey said. “I never had a meeting with NASCAR. I’ve never been interested in a race car. I don’t even even like fast cars. I like big slow cars.”
According to msn.com, Harvey planned to partner with Terrance Cox, CEO of Diversity Motorsports, and start a racing team, but the “racist” NASCAR league shot them down. As a result, Cox filed a $500 million lawsuit against NASCAR and nearly all of its racing teams.
According to TMZ Sports, Cox and Harvey planned to join forces to start a new racing team called “Steve Harvey Races 4 Education.” NASCAR reportedly told Harvey that they would never approve a team with Diversity Motorsports.
A NASCAR spokesperson said the organization “embraces all individuals interested and involved in our sport, whether as partners, fans, competitors or employees, and there is no merit to this lawsuit.”
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“Diversity both on and off the track continues to be a top priority for NASCAR and its stakeholders,” NASCAR’s spokesperson continued. “We stand behind our actions, and will not let a publicity-seeking legal action deter us from our mission.”
Meanwhile, Steve Harvey disapproves of his name being mentioned in Cox’s lawsuit that claims NASCAR discriminates against black-owned teams and drivers.
“You are not going to do is drag me into the mud with NASCAR,” the comedian and actor said on his nationally syndicated radio show Tuesday. “I have no problem with NASCAR. Ain’t never had a problem.”
Harvey even read a letter he said was sent last year to Cox asking for his name not to appear in any litigation.
“While we can support your educational training efforts for underprivileged youth, it is not in our best interests to be part of any settlement or lawsuit of any kind,” Harvey said as he read from the letter.
NASCAR denied the lawsuit’s claims in a statement released to USA TODAY Sports. NASCAR also vows to sue Cox for defamation, TMZ Sports reports.