SJ - October 20, 2020
NASCAR has reinstated driver Kyle Larson on Monday. The 28-year-old had been suspended indefinitely for using the N-word on a livestream of an iRacing event back in April.
Larson has been cleared to return to all NASCAR activities on January 1st.
“NASCAR continues to prioritize diversity and inclusion across our sport,” the sanctioning body said in an official statement. “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.”
Those terms for reinstatement include several speaking engagements, each spaced out through 2023, where Larson will share his experiences with NASCAR’s weekly series, e-sports and dirt-racing communities. He will also be required to take further training and engagement classes through 2023, plus continue his work with the Urban Youth Racing School (UYRS) and Rev Racing, providing coaching and mentorship for those initiatives.
The question now is will anyone give him a second chance, he was fired from Chip Ganassi Racing one day after he was suspended.
Larson didn't pick a great time to let his racism show. There will definitely be people who don't want to see race again.