Kyle Larson suspended without pay for N-word comment

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Hours after Kyle Larson used a racial slur in an iRacing event (we posted about it here early Monday morning), he has now been suspended by his NASCAR Cup Series team. He will not make a single penny during the suspension.

NASCAR also announced on Monday morning that they are investigating the incident. They also said they are gathering more information.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson driving during practice for the 61st annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway
NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson driving during practice for the 61st annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

“We are extremely disappointed by what Kyle said last night during an iRacing event,” Chip Ganassi Racing said in a statement. “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.”

Larson was taking part in a Monza Madness event that was hosted by fellow NASCAR Cup Series driver Landon Cassill. This iRacing event was also hosted on a stream on eNASCAR.com.

In addition, there were more than 60 drivers in the event. Plus, many of these drivers had their own POV (point of view) streams.

During a video chat, it caught Larson allegedly saying the N-word. He apparently didn’t know he had a live-mic when he used the disrespectful word.

He said, ‘You can’t hear me? Hey n——.’ Rising NASCAR driver Anthony Alfredo responded, ‘Kyle, you’re talking to everyone, bud.’

Aron MacEachern also responded, ‘Yup, we heard that.’ Justin Botelho, who was hosting the stream when Larson’s negative word could be heard, said, ‘Oh damn, he did not just say that.’

Larson could potentially be suspended for several races when NASCAR gets going once again following this coronavirus pandemic. He could also potentially be fired by Chip Ganassi Racing, as well.

He is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of this season. The 27-year-old may also face ramifications from his sponsors two fold — both from his Cup Series sponsors, but also his Sprint Car team sponsors, as well.

Those decisions will be made in the coming days or weeks.

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