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NASCAR speaks out against Indiana's religious freedom law

NASCAR is the latest sports organization to decry Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Expressing its disappointment with Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, NASCAR said it welcomes all fans to attend its races in Indiana in a statement Tuesday.

"NASCAR is disappointed by the recent legislation passed in Indiana," said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR senior vice president and chief communications officer. "We will not embrace nor participate in exclusion or intolerance. We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all competitors and fans at our events in the state of Indiana and anywhere else we race."

NASCAR joins the NFL, NBA and other sports organizations condemning a law that permits businesses the right to refuse service to LGBT customers if a "substantially burden" is placed on a person's freedom of religion. The act goes into effect July 1.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway also issued a statement supporting equality Tuesday. The oldest speedway in America is the site of the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400, one of NASCAR's marquee races.

"For 105 years the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has engaged millions who want to celebrate the true spirit of American racing. IMS will continue to warmly welcome all who share our enthusiasm for motorsports - employees, participants and fans."