Hurley Haywood for the first time is opening up publicly about his sexuality in his soon to be released autobiography, Hurley! From The Beginning.
The five-time Daytona champion has endured gay rumors for years, however, he has managed to keep his personal life private. Until now. It was an interview with a high school report a few years back that gave Haywood the understanding that he has the power to change lives. The reporter began asking him about his racing career, but things became more personal when the reported opened up about being bullied his entire life because he is gay and admitted that he was contemplating suicide.
In an interview with Autoweek, Haywood stated, “I said, ’Listen, it’s not what you are, it’s who you are. That’s what people remember.’” More than a year and a half later Haywood would receive a call from the teen's mother thanking him for his support and say that his support saved her son's life. ” Haywood said. “And I thought, if my voice is strong enough to help one kid, it might help two kids, or five or a hundred.” - it was very emotional Haywood stated.
Haywood is now coming out publicly, he knew his sexuality was never really a secret on the pro racing circuit, and there was never a negative impact to his career on the pro racing circuit. “The racing community has been extremely supportive,” he writes. “I’ve never not gotten a ride because I was gay.”
His book will be released March 10th and a documentary is scheduled to premiere in June.