CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR star Kyle Larson used a racial slur on a live stream during a virtual race and has been suspended by NASCAR and without pay by Chip Ganassi Racing.
Larson was competing in an iRacing event when he appeared to lose communication on his headset with his spotter. He said during a check of his microphone “you can’t hear me?” That was followed by the N-word.
Larson is half Japanese and his grandparents spent time in an interment camp in California. He is the second driver in a week to draw scrutiny while using the online racing platform.
Larson issued an apology on Twitter Monday morning.
“I just want to say I’m sorry. Last night I made a mistake and 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,” Larson said in part.
“I understand the damage is probably unrepairable and I own up to that, but I want to let you all know how sorry I am,” Larson said.