JTG-Daugherty Racing owner Brad Daugherty accepts that Kyle Larson’s utilization of a racial slur during a virtual race in April sets NASCAR back. Kyle Larson was terminated from Chip Ganassi Racing two days after he said the N-word during a virtual race on April 12.
Daugherty says “I’ve spoken to Kyle Larson a lot through the years. Very good race car driver,”. “But I’m very disappointed, as many are. And he is paying a heavy price for it.
“It made it really tough because it set the sport back. A sport that has already struggled to try to pull itself up in diversification efforts. It set us back another decade, too. He seems to be very contrite and learned an incredible and very expensive lesson, if anything.”
The 27-year-old driver was set to be the most looked for after free agent in NASCAR after the 2020 season. Rather, he’s presently running sprint car as NASCAR has gotten its season continued in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The five-time NBA All-Star is a co-proprietor of JTG Daugherty Racing. He created the team with Tad and Jodi Geschickter and Gordon Smith in 1994. The current year’s NASCAR Cup Series group highlights drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. also, Ryan Preece. They will both race on Sunday at the Supermarket Heroes 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway.
“It was easy for Kyle Larson to use the slur” – Wallace
NASCAR came back to activity on May 15 in Darlington, South Carolina, after in excess of a two-month break. Daugherty is actively engaging with his group in settling on choices all through the pandemic. He says NASCAR has been staggering for securely and astutely getting one of the principal sports to return, but without fans.
Daugherty is the prominent black group proprietor in NASCAR, an arrangement that has battled with an absence of diversity all through its whole history. Darrell Wallace is a black driver racing full-time in any of NASCAR’s best three arrangements.
Wallace was additionally one of only a handful few NASCAR drivers who stood up after Larson’s utilization of the slur. Wallace said he revealed to Larson that it was way too easy for him to use the slur.
Larson was fined. His sponsors Credit One and McDonald’s and CGR vehicle producer Chevrolet are no longer connected with him. Moreover, he was substituted by Matt Kenseth for the rest of the 2020 season.
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