Whether it be violating rules of car construction, the use of illicit substances, or violating the rule book on conduct; NASCAR has a no tolerance policy.
After NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson uttered a derogatory word toward people of colour, NASCAR has suspended Larson indefinitely.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver was participating in an iRacing event that was live streamed on April 12.
Larson drives the number 42 car for Chip Ganassi Racing.
By uttering the racial slur, Larson has violated Sections 12.1 and 12.8 of the NASCAR rule book and must attend sensitivity training.
NASCAR issued a statement on the matter saying, “NASCAR has made diversity and inclusion a priority and will not tolerate the type of language used by Kyle Larson during Sunday’s iRacing event. Our Member Conduct Guidelines are clear in this regard, and we will enforce these guidelines to maintain an inclusive environment for our entire industry and fan base.”
Larson has since released a video with an apology for his actions saying…
“Hey, I just want to say I’m sorry. Last night I made a mistake and said the word that should never, ever be said. There’s no excuse for that. I wasn’t raised that way. It’s just an awful thing to say. I feel very sorry for my family, my friends, my partners, the NASCAR community and especially the African-American community. I understand the damage is probably unrepairable, and I own up to that. But I just want to let you all know how sorry I am, and I hope everybody is staying safe during these crazy times. Thank you.”
Chip Ganassi Racing also issued a statement expressing their disappointment in the event; adding that Larson has been suspended without pay.
iRacing also released a statement saying that Larson has been indefinitely suspeneded from the iRacing service.
Section 12.8.1 of the NASCAR Rule Book states:
“Member actions that could result in a fine and/or indefinite suspension, or termination:
Public statement and/or communication that criticizes, ridicules, or otherwise disparages another person based upon that person’s race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, or handicapping condition.”
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