NASCAR driver Kyle Larson appeared to use the N-word during a live stream of Sunday’s iRacing Pro Series event.
Apparently not realizing his volume was on during the online simulation bout, Larson seemed to say to others on the stream, “You can’t hear me? Hey, n—.”
There was a stunned silence afterward before Anthony Alfredo responded, “Kyle, you’re talking to everyone, bud.”
Added Aron MacEachern: “Yup, we heard that.”
Said host of the viral stream, Justin Botelho: “Oh damn, he did not just say that.”
Link to the video can be found here.
Neither Larson nor NASCAR have made public comments regarding the incident. McDonald’s and Credit One Bank, which sponsor Larson, have not responded to Sporting News’ requests for comment.
Larson, a Japanese-American competitor, is a graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program.
In the weeks since the coronavirus pandemic halted live NASCAR events, the sport has held virtual races between drivers on the iRacing simulator. The drivers are situated at home but talk amongst themselves on Twitch live streams over the course of the virual contests. The events have also been shown on Fox, though Larson’s comments did not come through on the TV broadcast, which is primarily manned by announcers rather than drivers.
This is a developing story that will be updated.