JTG-Daugherty Racing co-owner Brad Daugherty believes that the incident in which Kyle Larson used the racial slur set NASCAR back.
Larson was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing after the incident and NASCAR has suspended the driver indefinitely.
Daugherty, one of the prominent black team owner in NASCAR, said:
I’ve spoken to Kyle Larson a lot through the years. Very good race car driver. But I’m very disappointed, as many are … and he is paying a heavy price for it. …
It made it really tough because it set the sport back. A sport that has already struggled to try to pull itself up in diversification efforts. It set us back another decade, too. He seems to be very contrite and learned an incredible and very expensive lesson, if anything.
JTG-Daugherty Racing has Ricky Preece and Ricky Stenhouse Jr in the Cup Series.