Chip Ganassi Racing fires Kyle Larson over use of racial slur during iRacing event

Chip Ganassi Racing announced Tuesday that it has fired driver Kyle Larson after his use of a racial slur during the livestream broadcast of an iRacing event on Sunday night. 

The NASCAR ownership group had initially suspended him on Monday.

"After much consideration, Chip Ganassi Racing has determined that it will end its relationship with driver Kyle Larson," it said in a statement. "As we said before, the comments that Kyle made were both offensive and unacceptable especially given the values of our organization. As we continue to evaluate the situation with all the relevant parties, it became obvious that that this was the only appropriate course of action to take."

Statement regarding Kyle Larson:

NASCAR had also suspended Larson, 27.

Larson was competing in an iRacing event when he seemed to lose communication on his headset with his spotter. During the microphone check, Larson could be heard saying the slur. "You can't hear me?" he said on the livestream. "Hey, (expletive)." 

“Kyle, you’re talking to everyone, bud," one driver replied. Another person said, "No way did that just happen." 

Larson apologized on Monday.

"Hey I just want to say I'm sorry. Last night I made a mistake and said the word that should never, ever be said," Larson said in a video posted to Twitter. "And, there's no excuse for that. I wasn't raised that way. It's just an awful thing to say."

Contributing: Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports

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