The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will require Kyle Larson to attend sensitivity training after an incident during an iRacing event Sunday night, where the driver and owner in the series uttered a racial slur via in-race communication.
Larson was competing in the “Monza Madness” iRacing event, which featured professional drivers across several disciplines, when the incident occurred. Larson has faced many sanctions in the past 48 hours, including his termination from Chip Ganassi Racing and the loss of several sponsors.
While best known as a competitor in the NASCAR Cup Series, Larson owns a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series team and often competes with the series, as well as other marquee dirt track events. As such, the sanctioning body has announced Larson violated the series’ rules on professional conduct and will be required to attend sensitivity training as a result.
“The World of Outlaws welcomes fans and competitors from all backgrounds and does not condone the language used by Kyle Larson while virtually competing with a different series on April 12th,” reads the statement. “As a World of Outlaws Member Driver and Team Owner, he violated Rule 2.2A, which states members agree to act in a professional manner at all times.”
“As with all infractions, we communicate directly with our Members and establish the appropriate course of action. Given the nature of this infraction and Kyle’s already public apology, he will be required to complete a sensitivity training course within 30 days of the date of the infraction.”
While the series is requiring Larson to take a sensitivity training course within 30 days, they are not instituting any further punishment, such as a suspension.
“Kyle is an important and visible stakeholder in the World of Outlaws community as both a Driver and Team Owner. Kyle has admitted to making a mistake and it is our expectation that he will make every effort to represent the sport in a professional manner moving forward. Provided that Kyle completes the designated training in the allotted time, he will remain eligible to compete in all World of Outlaws sanctioned events.
“Independtely, full-time Sprint Car team Kyle Larson Racing, which was not involved in the infraction, will face no penalty and will be allowed to compete in all World of Outlaws sanctioned events.”
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