NASCAR star uses racial slur in virtual race

NASCAR star Kyle Larson used a racial while competing in a iRacing event on Sunday night.

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April 13, 2020 - 9:38 AM

NASCAR driver Kyle Larson celebrates winning the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star race on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Photo by Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR star Kyle Larson used a racial slur on a live stream during a virtual race — the second driver in a week to draw scrutiny while using the online racing platform to fill time during the coronavirus pandemic.

Larson was competing in an iRacing event Sunday night when he appeared to lose communication on his headset with his spotter. During a check of his microphone, he said, “You can’t hear me?” That was followed by the N-word.

Bubba Wallace one week earlier “rage quit” an official NASCAR iRacing event televised live nationally and his sponsor fired him immediately. Wallace had been wrecked, and, fed up, quit the game and admitted it was out of anger on Twitter. Blue-Emu, a topical pain reliever who had sponsored Wallace for the virtual race and has an association with him for real, replied to the tweet firing Wallace.

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