• Brian L. Barefield

NASCAR Driver Suspended Indefinitely For Using Racial Slur

Being confined to the house these last couple of weeks, must have caused NASCAR driver Kyle Larson to get a little bit too comfortable as the 27-year old dropped a racial slur during a live broadcasted event on NASCAR iRacing on Sunday.

While competing with over 60 other drivers, the Japanese-American born Larson, who participated in NASCAR's "Drive for Diversity" program, can be heard using the n-word to another driver over the public channel used by all other participants. He has been suspended without pay by Chip Ganassi Racing and could be potentially dropped by his sponsors Credit One Bank and McDonald’s.

“We are extremely disappointed by what Kyle said last night during an iRacing event,” CGR said in its statement. “The words that he chose to use are offensive and unacceptable. As of this moment we are suspending Kyle without pay while we work through this situation with all appropriate parties.”

Below is the video footage of the incident as it occurred:

On Monday, NASCAR officials made the suspension indefinite as it released the following statement about the status of Larson’s future in NASCAR.

“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,” a NASCAR official said in a statement. “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 was also ordered to attend sensitivity training classes before being considered for reinstatement by NASCAR.

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