When it comes to violations of the NASCAR Rule Book, NASCAR has a no tolerance policy; whether it be pushing the limits in the cars or conduct by the crews and drivers themselves.

Last April Kyle Larson was heard uttering a racial slur over an open channel on a radio during an iRacing event.  NASCAR suspended Larson immediately and was subsequently suspended by car owner Chip Ganassi of Chip Ganassi Racing.

Since leaving NASCAR, Larson has returned to Sprint car racing where he has dominated the sport where he won 12 races in the World of Outlaws Series.

Last week, Larson applied for reinstatement in NASCAR.  In order to be eligible for reinstatement, Larson was required to attend sensitivity training.

Additionally, Larson will be required to make a number of speaking engagements over the next three years, further diversity training classes, and continue his working with the Urban Youth Racing School and Rev Racing as a coach and mentor.

On October 19, NASCAR approved Larson’s reinstatement and he will be eligible to return to NASCAR events beginning January 1, 2021.

In an official statement, the sanctioning body said, “NASCAR continues to prioritize diversity and inclusion across our sport.  Kyle Larson has fulfilled the requirements set by NASCAR, and has taken several voluntary measures, to better educate himself so that he can use his platform to help bridge the divide in our country. Larson’s indefinite suspension has been lifted. Under the terms of his reinstatement, he will be cleared to return to all NASCAR racing activities effective January 1, 2021.”

In an interview with the Associated Press Larson admitted that he was ignorant and immature for using the slur; adding that he did not understand the hurt and negative connotations associated with the word.