NASCAR lifts suspension of Kyle Larson effective on January 1

Ruben Hill
October 20, 2020

NASCAR has officially reinstated Kyle Larson after his infamous n-word incident - clearing the way for the 28-year-old to race again in 2021. but there are a BUNCH of catches.

In a statement released on Monday, NASCAR said Larson will be cleared to return to all NASCAR racing activities from 1 January 2021 after being banned for using a racial slur during a virtual racing event run in the COVID-19 enforced pause to the 2020 season.

"NASCAR continues to prioritize diversity and inclusion across our sport", NASCAR said in a statement announcing Larson's return.

Larson has agreed to all of the demands - so NASCAR has given him the green light to resume his pro racing career.

Terms of Larson's reinstatement include conducting several speaking engagements spaced out through 2023 and continuing to take part in training and engagement classes. He previously completed sensitivity training. Larson will also maintain his work with the Urban Youth Racing School and Rev Racing by providing coaching and mentorship for those initiatives.

Larson spoke extensively about his suspension experience October 4 in an essay on his website, titled "Kyle Larson: My Lessons Learned". "In an instant, I turned a lot of lives upside down and destroyed my own reputation". "I realized how little I really knew about the African-American experience in this country and racism in general", Larson, whose mother is of Japanese descent, wrote.

"What gives me hope and humbles me is how so many people have opened their doors to lift up someone who probably doesn't deserve it and to share perspectives I should've sought on my own a long time ago", he said.

Larson was able to race during his NASCAR suspension; he competed in the World of Outlaws and USAC series, where he won races regularly.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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