More than six months after using a racial slur on an iRacing live stream, Kyle Larson has been reinstated by NASCAR, officials announced today.
Because of the incident, Larson lost his NASCAR Cup Series ride as Chip Ganassi Racing fired Larson in the wake of the incident. However, after being mandated to attend sensitivity training in order to obtain reinstatement, Larson has been allowed to compete again starting in 2021.
A statement released by NASCAR reads, “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 a personal essay, Larson stated, “I want them to know that words do matter. Apologizing for your mistakes matters. Accountability matters. Forgiveness matters. Treating others with respect matters. I will not stop listening and learning, but for me now, it’s about action — doing the right things, being a part of the solution and writing a new chapter that my children will be proud to read.”
Larson has kept busy during his suspension from NASCAR, regularly competing and winning in dirt track racing events around the country. His twelve World of Outlaws series wins is the most in the series this season.
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