Kyle Larson has admitted that he was ignorant and immature in his use of a racial slur in an iRacing event back in April.
Larson was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing and suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for his action. While he completed the sensitivity test, he is still suspended by NASCAR. Speaking to The Associated Press, Larson said that he didn’t know the extent of his deed.
“I was just ignorant. And immature. I didn’t understand the negativity and hurt that comes with that word. That’s not a word that I had ever used. I grew up in Northern California, all I ever did was race and that’s all I was focused on. There’s probably a lot of real-life experiences I didn’t get to have and I was just ignorant to how hurtful that word is.”
Larson seems to have learned a harsh lesson in his doing and is ready to take more responsibilities in the future.
“I never really realized how privileged I was in the way I grew up. I never had to really worry about anything and I guess I was naive. I didn’t have a full understanding that there are people struggling with different things on a daily basis. It was very impactful, very moving.”
Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Tony Stewart is of the opinion that Larson has paid enough and that it’s time to bring him back to the Cup series. Additionally, NASCAR has been in communication with Larson regarding his reinstatement.
Larson has enjoyed considerable success in sprint car events since his suspension from NASCAR but NASCAR Cup Series is where he belongs to. So, Larson’s reinstatement seems a near possibility, especially with the way he has handled the situation. He will have to find a team that will be ready to take him once his reinstatement is complete.