NASCAR driver Kyle Larson used a racial slur in a video game on Sunday evening.
The NASCAR world is once again reminded that although iRacing is a video game, online actions have real consequences. Kyle Larson is the last driver who will likely experience spinoffs in a virtual race.
Larson, driver of No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro, was broadcast on Sunday evening using the word N on his radio during an exhibition on iRacing. Larson seemed to ignore that his microphone was being picked up by a Twitch live stream, which included other NASCAR drivers and was available to the public.
“Can’t you hear me? Said Larson. Larson’s name flashed at the bottom of the stream to indicate that he was speaking. “Hey, (N-word). “
The other drivers immediately burst into shock.
“Kyle, you talk to everyone, buddy,” said Xfinity pilot Anthony Alfredo.
“Yes, we heard it,” said iRacing pilot Aron MacEachern.
“Yes,” said IndyCar driver Conor Daly.
The clip surfaced on Daly’s Twitch stream late Sunday evening and quickly toured social media.
Sunday was not the first controversial moment with a NASCAR driver on an iRacing livestream. Last Sunday, # 43 driver Bubba Wallace was frustrated by an accident and dropped out midway through the first ProNitCon eNASCAR event.
“That’s why I don’t take this s – seriously,” said Wallace on his Twitch stream.
One of its sponsors, the Blue-Emu pain relief ointment, has abandoned its sponsorship agreement with Wallace due to the move.
Larson’s comment, however, will likely have much more ramifications.
At 1:00 am Monday, neither Larson, nor his Chip Ganassi Racing team, nor NASCAR had commented on the matter.