NASCAR Reinstating Kyle Larson At Beginning of 2021 After Racial Slur Suspension

by Jon D. B.

In a bold move by NASCAR, the racing giant is reinstating Kyle Larson for 2021 after suspending him over openly using racial slurs.

Posting to their official Twitter account today, NASCAR confirms their intention to reinstate Kyle Larson.

Larson’s suspension came on indefinite terms without pay in April of 2020. The racer hit fellow live-iRacing event participants with a derogatory term.

According to NBC Sports, his racist rant went as follows:

Larson was participating in the Monza Madness iRacing exhibition race Sunday night. Video from another competitor’s twitch stream caught the slur from Larson across the audio channel where drivers can talk to all competitors. When a driver speaks on that channel, their name appears on each driver’s screen.

In the video, Larson, who has Japanese-American heritage, says: “You can’t hear me? Hey (racial slur).”

Xfinity driver Anthony Alfredo then tell him: “Kyle, you’re talking to everyone, bud.”

Aron MacEachern follows: “Yep, we heard that.”

IndyCar driver Conor Daly replies: “Yikes.”

NBC Sports

Chevrolet, NASCAR, & others pull Kyle Larson support

As a result of his behavior, Chip Ganassi racing took to suspend Larson indefinitely without pay.

“We are extremely disappointed by what Kyle said last night during an iRacing Event. The words that he chose to use are offensive and unacceptable. As of this moment we are suspending Kyle without pay while we work through this situation with all appropriate parties.”

In addition, Chevrolet severed ties with the racer, too.

“Chevrolet has suspended its relationship with Kyle Larson indefinitely, as we do not tolerate this behavior. We will continue to monitor the events surrounding Mr. Larson and [will] take additional action.”

This protection of inclusion, however, has been thrown out by NASCAR, it seems.

NASCAR reinstates Larson

In their official statement today, the racing giant confirms Larson will race in 2021. Apparently the driver filed for his own reinstatement. Their statement 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.


Meanwhile, Larson is attempting to clear his name in the wake of making such headlines. His statement on the matter? “Deep down, I know I’m not racist”.