Driver Kyle Larson was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR after he purposely said the n-word during a virtual racing event on Sunday. He proceeded to lose all of his sponsors that included Chevrolet, Credit One Bank and McDonald’s. He was also fired by Chip Ganassi Racing, which many believed marked the end of his racing career.
“After much consideration, Chip Ganassi Racing has determined that it will end its relationship with driver Kyle Larson,” the team said in a 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.”
However, Larson is now on the road to try and restore his career after it was reported by Adam Stern of the Sports Business Journa that he is in the process of completing the required sensitivity training.
The dirt racing league also released a statement saying that Larson will be eligible to race after he completes a sensitivity course within 30 days of his infraction.
“Given the nature of this infraction and Kyle’s already public apology, he will be required to complete a sensitivity training course within 30 days of the date of the infraction,” said World of Outlaws in a statement. “Kyle is an important and visible stakeholder in the World of Outlaws community as both Driver and Team Owner. Kyle has admitted to making a mistake, and it is our expectation that he will make every effort to represent the sport in a professional manner moving forward. Provided that Kyle completes the designated training in the allotted time, he will remain eligible to compete in all World of Outlaws sanctioned events.”
Last weekend, Larson thought he lost communication over his radio and said:
“You can’t hear me? Hey, [expletive].”