NASCAR driver Kyle Larson was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing for using ‘N word’ in virtual race

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – JANUARY 29: Kyle Larson poses for a photo during NASCAR Production Days at Charlotte Convention Center on January 29, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Sunday April 12, 2020

Chip Ganassi Racing NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson said a racial slur during an iRacing event Sunday April 12/20.

Monday April 13, 2020

Chip Ganassi Racing had initially announced a suspension without pay.

Statement from NASCAR – April 13, 2020
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 13, 2020) – 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.

Kyle Larson Statement April 13, 2020
“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.”

Tuesday April 14, 2020

Once Credit One Bank & McDonald’s announced they were terminating any relationship with Kyle Larson.
Chip Ganassi Racing Statement April 14, 2020
“After much consideration, Chip Ganassi Racing has determined that it will end its relationship with driver Kyle Larson,” read the organization’s statement. “As we said before, the comments that Kyle made were both offensive and unacceptable especially given the values of our organization. As we continued to evaluate the situation with all the relevant parties, it became obvious that this was the only appropriate course of action to take.”

Graphics & Photos Courtesy of NASCAR

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.