NASCAR has held awards ceremonies before at the ballroom adjacent to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. The organization just revealed that they will not be holding their season-ending awards ceremony at Trump National Doral Miami as planned because of pressure from their sponsors after Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis vowed to boycott the banquet if it were held at a Trump property.
According to a report in the Sentinel Republic, NASCAR is the latest corporation to distance itself from Donald Trump.
The announcement was made by NASCAR spokesman David Higdon on Friday (July 3), following concern from sponsors and partners.
NASCAR traditionally waits until the summer to announce its banquet sites.
“We were monitoring it closely and started looking at our own relationship with him and how it may have an impact, and ultimately made the decision it does not make sense to continue that,” Higdon said of Trump.
The Sprint Cup Series banquet has been held in Las Vegas the weekend following Thanksgiving since 2009.
Lemonis, in a letter to NASCAR, vowed to boycott the banquet if it were held at a Trump property. An immigrant from Lebanon, Lemonis has seen success as the owner of Camping World and other businesses.
“I would like to inform you that I will not, nor will any representative of Camping World, participate or attend in the ceremonial event if it is held at any Trump property. I would hope that the entire NASCAR organization would agree with my sentiments”, Lemonis wrote. Higdon said the decision to move the banquet was not requested by NBC, which recently dropped Trump’s beauty pageants from its network.
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