NASCAR driver Kyle Larson has been suspended by Chip Ganassi Racing after he said the N-word during an online simulation live stream of an iRacing event Sunday.
"You can't hear me? Hey, n*****," he said. Larson was indefinitely suspended. He apologized in a video to his Twitter followers Monday afternoon. "There's no excuse for that. I wasn't raised that way. It's just an awful thing to say and I feel very sorry for my family, my friends, my partners, the NASCAR community and, especially, the African American community,” he said. NASCAR in a statement Monday said it is "aware of insensitive language used by a driver during an iRacing event on Sunday, and is currently gathering more information.”
NASCAR's behavior policy states that "NASCAR Members shall not make or cause to be made a 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, race, or handicapping situation.” Larson is the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion and a Rookie of the Year, an overall winner of the 2015 24 Hours of Daytona and 2020 Chili Bowl Nationals Champion. He began racing at the age of seven in outlaw karts in Northern California.