LE SCAN SPORT – An American Nascar driver was suspended for having dropped a racist word in the middle of a virtual race on Sunday.
American Nascar driver Kyle Larson was suspended indefinitely on Monday by his body for having uttered a racist word during a virtual race broadcast on the internet on Sunday. Larson, 27, who won six victories in the 2019 championship, was having a sound problem with his helmet and called out one of the technicians: « Can’t you hear me anymore? Hey, ne…?”
“Nascar has made diversity and inclusion a priority and will not tolerate the type of language used by Kyle Larson at Sunday’s eRacing event”, the body said in a statement released on Monday. The driver’s team, Chip Ganassi Racing, announced it had decided to withhold his salary, and sponsors Credit One Bank and McDonald’s quickly pulled out.
“Last night I made a mistake and said the word that should never, ever be said. There is no excuse for this”
The pilot, whose mother is of Japanese origin and who himself benefited from Nascar’s inclusion programs to become one of its pilots, apologized. « I just want to say I’m sorry, »he said on Monday. “Last night I made a mistake and said the word that should never, ever be said. There is no excuse for this”. “I wasn’t brought up that way. It’s a horrible thing and I feel sorry for my friends, my family, the Nascar community and especially the African American community. »he added.
On Sunday, Larson was taking part in the “Monza Madness iRacing”, one of the virtual races organized in this time of coronavirus in order to entertain fans and connect them with the pilots. During this live, just after he said his racist word, another driver from the Xfinity team, Anthony Alfredo, called out to him: “Kyle, you talk to everyone, mate”.