A veteran NASCAR racer and his daughter were victims of a brutal attack by three men in Charlotte after a concert Friday night. USA Today reports that Mike Wallace was leaving a Rascal Flatts concert with his family when the attack took place.
Kenny Wallace, Mike’s brother, who is also a former NASCAR driver, is quoted in the story saying: “Mike was talking to one of the three men and then, out of nowhere, one came after Mike like a crazy man. Mike was knocked out completely cold. While he was on the ground they continued to beat on him, kicking him in the face.”
Kenny Wallace was not a witness to the attack, which took place at Charlotte’s PNC Music Pavilion, but recounted the incident based on talking with family members.
“Charlotte police spokesperson Keith Trietley said in an email to USA Today Sports that three men were arrested: Paul Lucas, 29, Nathan Lucas, 22, and Randolph Mangum, 24,” the paper reports. “According to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s website, each were charged with simple assault and each had posted $1,000 bond.”
Mike Wallace reportedly received several stitches to his mouth after the attack, in which he also had a tooth knocked loose.
The report adds: “Mike Wallace’s daughter, Lindsey Wallace Van Wingerden, jumped atop Mike Wallace in an attempt to protect her father, but the attack continued, Kenny Wallace said. Van Wingerden’s husband, Thomas Van Wingerden, also suffered minor injuries, according to the police report.”
Mike Wallace, who reportedly did not previously know the attackers, ended his career as an active NASCAR driver following the 2015 Daytona 500, and had triple-bypass heart surgery in April 2015.