Kyle Larson will clear to compete in NASCAR on 1 January 2021, the body announced on Monday.
NASCAR suspended Larson on April 13, a day after he uttered a racial slur during an escort racing game. Chip Ganassi Racing fired Larson a day later. NASCAR required Larsen to participate in sensitivity training. Larsen completed training by 6 May.
NASCAR stated its decision on Larsen:
“NASCAR prioritizes diversity and inclusion in our sport. Kyle Larsen has met the requirements set by NASCAR, and has taken a number of voluntary measures to better educate himself so that he can use his platform to help create a divide in our country. Larsen’s indefinite suspension has been lifted. Under the terms of his reinstatement, he will be cleared to return to NASCAR racing activities effective January 1, 2021. ”
As part of the terms of his reinstatement, Larsen followed training with RISE through 2023. RISE Equate for Sports in Equality, is a national nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice, and improve. Racial relations. Larson will also do several speaking engagements within the NASAR community and serve as an instructor / mentor for Urban Youth Racing School and Rev Racing.
In a statement, Larsen said:
“I am truly grateful to everyone at NASCAR and appreciate their process. The work I have done in the last six months has had a big impact on me. I will make the most of this opportunity and hope for the future. “
Larsen went on a detailed tour of his personal reflection since he lost a NASCAR ride in an October 4 essay on his website.
“Since April, I have reflected a lot,” Larsen wrote. “I realized that I really knew about the African-American experience in this country and racism in general. Educating myself is something I should have done a long time ago, because it made me a better person – the kind of person who doesn’t carelessly throw around a word that is racist. The way it tries to understand hatred and oppression is its symbol and the depth of pain has troubled black people throughout history and even today. For me it was the last time to stop, listen and learn. ”