NASCAR’S Kyle Larson Uses Racial Insult During iRacing Event


Charlotte, North Carolina – NASCAR star Kyle Larson used a racial slur on a livestream during a virtual race – the second driver in a week to grab attention while using the online racing platform to fill the time while the coronavirus pandemic.

Larson was participating in an iRacing event on Sunday evening when he appeared to lose communication on his helmet with his spotter. When he checked his microphone, he said, “Can’t you hear me? This was followed by the N-word.

Bubba Wallace a week earlier, “the rage has stopped,” an official NASCAR iRacing event was broadcast live nationwide and its sponsor fired him immediately. Wallace had been destroyed and, fed up, quit the game and admitted on Twitter that he was angry. Blue-Emu, a topical pain reliever who had sponsored Wallace for the virtual run and who is truly associated with him, responded to the tweet by dismissing Wallace.

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On Monday morning, it was unclear what spinoffs could result for Larson.

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Kyle Larson during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 07, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona.

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Larson is half Japanese – his grandparents spent time in an internment camp in California – and he went from short track racing to NASCAR through his “Drive for Diversity” program. He is the only Japanese driver to win a big NASCAR race.

Larson, in his seventh full season in NASCAR, is in the final year of his contract with Chip Ganassi Racing. He was at the top of the list for a crowded free agent field when the circuit was suspended four races in the season as sports stopped during the coronavirus crisis.

NASCAR quickly pivoted to create an iRacing virtual racing league that mobilized viewers and set audience records for eSport television. One of the benefits of the platform is that drivers can connect with each other on a live stream, where they joke, quarrel, joke and chat about the race. Fans can listen via the Twitch game app.

Larson used the slur during a Sunday night race to have fun against drivers of various series. The event was not part of the official NASCAR series.

The cat drivers immediately reacted to Larson’s use of the slur, one of them instantly alerted him, “Kyle, you talk to everyone, buddy. Others were incredulous.

Larson and Chip Ganassi Racing had no immediate comments on Monday.

Larson won six Cup victories and finished sixth in his ranking career last season. He is 27 years old and is married with two young children.

His sponsors at Ganassi include McDonalds and Credit One Bank.

He is considered one of the best sprint car racers in the country and, in January, he finally won the prestigious Chili Bowl after 13 attempts.


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