SPEEDWAY, Indiana – Firehawk, the NTT Indycar Series’ mascot, announced via twitter on Friday afternoon that he is gay. “Now is the right time,” tweeted Firehawk, “With Pride Month in full swing, I am happy to come out of the paddock and announce I am gay. Indycar and racing is taking great strides to be more inclusive and now is the time.”

Firehawk’s helmet will change from flames to flaming.