Kyle Larson has been reinstated by NASCAR for 2021, the organization announced on Monday, Oct. 19.
The reinstatement comes six months after Larson used a racial slur during an iRacing event in April. NASCAR then suspended him indefinitely and required him to complete a sensitivity class.
“NASCAR continues to prioritize diversity and inclusion across our sport,” the sanctioning body stated in a release. “Kyle Larson has fulfilled the requirements set by NASCAR, and has taken several voluntary measures, to better educate himself so that he can use his platform to help bridge the divide in our country. Larson’s indefinite suspension has been lifted. Under the terms of his reinstatement, he will be cleared to return to all NASCAR racing activities effective January 1, 2021.”
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) October 19, 2020
The 29-year-old completed his sensitivity training in May and had discussions with NASCAR about his reinstatement beginning in August.
Larson’s 2021 plans have not yet been announced. His old ride, the No. 42 for Chip Ganassi Racing, will be helmed by Ross Chastain.
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