Chip Ganassi Racing fired NASCAR driver Kyle Larson for using the N-word during a race in the virtual racing event.
The organization posted the news on Twitter.
After much consideration, Chip Ganassi Racing has determined that it will end its relationship with driver Kyle Larson,” the statement reads. “As we said before, the comments that Kyle made were both offensive and unacceptable especially given the values of out organization.
The driver, after losing communication, said “I can’t see it. You can’t hear me? Hey n—-r” during the race. For this reason, Kyle Larson was fired by the organization.
Chip Ganassi Racing said that, after suspending him without pay, it was the appropriate decision to take.
As we continue to evaluate the situation with all the relevant parties, it became obvious that this was the only appropriate course of action to take.
NASCAR has also suspended the racer for his actions and said that they “will not tolerate the type of language” used by the racer. They explained in a statement:
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.
Larson, from his part, apologized for the mistake that he did and directed his apology to “especially the African American community”. He posted the message in Twiter.
Last night I made a mistake and said the word that should never, ever be said. And there’s no excuse for that,” said Larson. “I understand that the damage is probably unrepairable. I own up to that. I just wanted to let you all know how sorry I am.