There were several breaking news in the NASCAR world over the past few weeks: Kyle Larson was fired by Chip Ganassi, Jeff Gordon is set for his iRacing debut and Bubba Wallace lost a sponsor
Kyle Larson has made a far-reaching mistake in the virtual world. During a SimRacing event, the NASCAR driver tried to communicate with his spotter, who didn’t seem to hear him. Suddenly, Larson said the N-word into the public chat, so that both his fellow drivers and the spectators could hear it.
This mistake had consequences for the 27-year-old: NASCAR suspended Larson and sentenced him to take part in a diversity program. In addition, several sponsors have ended their collaboration with the Californian racing driver. In the end, Chip Ganassi also had to take action: The team owner fired Larson.
Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. is the only race driver in the NASCAR upper house with African-American roots. He has already commented on the incident and sharply criticized Larson’s choice of words. The two have already had a personal conversation and Wallace is ready to give Larson a second chance and work with him to fight against racism and for diversity.
But Wallace had also his moment in the virtual world. After a crash with Clint Bowyer, the Petty driver left the simulation before the end of the race. One of his sponsors left him because Wallace had not behave professionally in their opinion. The company does not want to work with drivers who just give up.
Jeff Gordon will make his comeback as a driver in the virtual eNASCAR Series. At the virtual Talladega Superspeedway, the former Hendrick driver wants to prove his driving skills in the virtual iRacing world. Joey Logano, on the other hand, is planning a guest appearance in the virtual racing series of the Australian Supercars.