Ganassi has fired its long-standing NASCAR Cup racer Kyle Larson following his use of a racial slur during a simrace two days ago.
“As we said before, the comments that Kyle made were both offensive and unacceptable especially given the values of our organisation. As we continue to evaluate the situation with all the relevant parties, it became obviously that this was the only appropriate course of action to take.”
Larson has made the vast majority of his 223 NASCAR Cup starts with Ganassi and scored all six of his wins with the team.
Yesterday Larson was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR as well as the iRacing platform which hosted Sunday’s ‘Monza Madness’ race during which the incident took place. Sponsors including McDonalds and Credit One have also ended their associations with him.
Larson issued a public apologies via a video on social media yesterday. “I just wanted to say I’m sorry,” he said.
“Last night I made a mistake, said the word that should never, ever be said, and there’s no excuse for that. I wasn’t raised that way. It’s just an awful thing to say.
“I feel very sorry for my family my friends, my partners, the NASCAR community and especially the African-American community. I understand the damage is probably un-repair-able. And I own up to that. I just wanted to let you know how sorry I all am.”
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