Steve Harvey distances himself from lawsuit against NASCAR
Steve Harvey (photo courtesy of Steve Harvey TV)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Comedian and talk show and game show host Steve Harvey is mentioned in a racial discrimination lawsuit against NASCAR, but he seems to be trying to distance himself from the $500 million suit Terrance Cox III, the CEO of Diversity Motorsports, has filed against the stock-car racing sanctioning body in US District Court in New York.
“I don’t want no damn race team,” Harvey said on his nationally-syndicated radio show. “I wish (Cox) had some money, so I could sue him, but he ain’t got none.”
According to Harvey, he previously had a working relationship with Cox with the aim of helping underprivileged youth, but backed away when something didn’t seem right.
Cox, though, claims that he tried to partner with Harvey to form “Steve Harvey Races 4 Education” but NASCAR squashed the potential partnership by telling Harvey it would not sanction a race team associated with Cox.
Cox claims in his suit that he attempted to increase diversity in NASCAR, but his attempts were shut down by the sanctioning body. As a result, he is suing NASCAR, International Speedway Corporation, and a number of race teams.
Cox’s suit claims that NASCAR, ISC and race teams have not tried to obtain sponsorship to assist African-Americans trying to break into the sport, instead encouraging potential sponsors to work with other race teams. The claim comes despite the presence of at least one Sprint Cup Series team owner (Brad Daugherty of JTG Daugherty Racing), Xfinity series driver (Darrell Wallace Jr. of Roush Fenway Racing), a number of African American team members in other positions, and the NASCAR Drive 4 Diversity program.
According to Cox, he wanted to work with the Drive 4 Diversity program, but was ignored by NASCAR.
In response, NASCAR has filed a countersuit against Cox, claiming defamation.