One slip up online can ruin anyone’s career. In this case, it costs him his cup ride. Chip Ganassi Racing has fired Kyle Larson driver of the number 42 Chevrolet Camaro.
This comes just a day after Chip Ganassi suspended him indefinitely due to him using a racial slur in an IRacing event Sunday night on Twitch.
NASCAR has suspended Kyle Larson indefinitely and will have to go to a road of sensitivity program in order to be reinstated by the sport. Iracing also has cut ties with the 27 year old, and he can’t even race on dirt too.
After that, sponsors started to pull out of his contract. These include credit one bank, Coca-cola (which was already going to leave soon), long time sponsor McDonalds, Fiserv, Chevrolet and Lucas Oil.
The next day, Larson made a video apologizing to his family and friends about the incident, which then led to him getting fired due to all sponsorship leaving.
Kyle Larson is in his seventh full time season in the NASCAR Cup Series at the age of 27. He had six career wins, 56 total top fives, and 101 top tens. He is also the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star race winner. His last win came at Dover last fall which advanced him into the round of eight.
Before Covid-19, Larson registered only one top five finish during the 2020 season. His contract was set to expire with Ganassi at the end of the season. The most likely driver to replace him in the 42 is Ross Chastain. That is, if when they return, Ryan Newman can comeback to race, due to his Daytona injury.
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