Newly reinstated NASCAR racer Kyle Larson is opening up about his experiences after the use of a racial slur got him suspended from the sport. He recently joined fellow driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. to talk about the events that lead him to reinstatement.
Asked what the last few months have been like, Larson opens up on what he has learned from the incident. He says he knows now “words matter.”
“It has been a roller coaster of emotions and some the darkest days of my life,” he starts out. “Then to kind of slowly progress from that and educate myself and just become a better person, a better father, and better husband. It has been very, very good for me and good for my family and good for the people that are close to me.”
Larson Joining Hendrick Motorsports for 2021 Season
Larson will have a new team for the upcoming 2021 NASCAR season as he will join Hendrick Motorsports. He was reinstated only days before Hendrick gave him the opportunity to join the team.
Rick Hendrick, the owner of Hendrick Motorsports, says Larson is a great addition to his team. He calls Larson a high-level racer in a statement put out after the signing.
“Kyle is unquestionably one of the most talented race car drivers in the world,” Hendrick says. “He has championship-level ability and will be a significant addition to our on-track program. More importantly, I have full confidence that he understands our expectations and will be a tremendous ambassador for our team, our partners and NASCAR. Kyle and I have had many conversations leading up to today’s announcement. I’m confident about what’s in his heart and his desire to be a champion in all aspects of his life and career. Kyle has done important work over the past six months, and Hendrick Motorsports is going to support those continued efforts.”
Hendrick also notes Larson will drive the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE in the press release.