This week, Kyle Larson formally utilized for NASCAR reinstatement after being faraway from competitors after utilizing a racial slur throughout a public however unofficial iRacing occasion on April 13, 2020. This doesn’t imply that he has been formally reinstated—NASCAR officers have but to determine on a consequence.
Larson has been easing himself again into the general public eye previous to his software. He has carried out an interview with AP and wrote a weblog of apology on his personal website. Most just lately, he appeared on the CBS This Morning program on Friday. You’ll be able to watch the section under.
“I do know deep down I’m not a racist,” Larson stated within the interview. “I stated a racist phrase, and I can absolutely perceive why folks would label me a racist.”
He’s carried out his finest to show he’s educated himself, and he left a constructive impression on the oldsters at CBS. Larson has labored with folks of coloration since his expulsion from NASCAR, has traveled the nation in an effort to study extra about what it’s prefer to be Black in America, and has employed a range coach to assist him perceive the influence of his phrases. He has additionally accomplished the obligatory sensitivity coaching required of any driver aiming to return to the collection after an incident of this sort.
It’s doubtless that followers will see Larson again in a NASCAR Cup Collection automotive for 2021. Whereas hypothesis at the moment rests on him becoming a member of Hendrick Motorsports, it’s unlikely an announcement will likely be made earlier than the top of the 12 months. In any case, NASCAR has but to decide on Larson’s case, and Rick Hendrick has beforehand talked about that he received’t be making any large driver lineup bulletins till after the playoffs.
Larson has been competing within the Cup Collection since 2013 and has since accrued six wins, eight pole positions, and 101 top-10 finishes. His finest general end within the collection’ factors standings is sixth. Since his ejection from the Cup Collection, Larson has centered his consideration on dust racing, the place he is received over 40 races this 12 months alone.