NASCAR’s Kyle Larson Signs with New Racing Team After N-Word Incident
NASCAR Driver Kyle larson will have a NEW team when they return to the track in 2021 – signing with Hendrick Motorsports, 6 months after their infamous n-word incident.
The 28-year-old driver had been fired by his former team, Chip Ganassi Racing, after throwing the n-word in a virtual race in April … and many wondered if he would ever race again.
But Hendrick Motorsports said on Wednesday it has signed a multi-year contract with Larson to drive the No.5 car in 2021.
As we previously reported, NASCAR initially suspended Larson for The incident – but announced later he was reinstated and eligible to run again from January 1, 2021.
“Hendrick Motorsports is a championship organization that has set the bar high for performance and for the way its drivers represent the team and its partners,” Larson said in a statement.
“My goal is to win races, to be a great teammate, to continue my personal efforts to grow and to keep myself at this high level personally and professionally.”
Larson says he knows there is a high bar for him to be successful both on and off the track. He also says team owner Rick hendrick was one of the few people to stand by his side following the racial incident.
“Mr. Hendrick is one of the people who reached out to me over the past 6 months. Our initial conversations weren’t about running. He cares about me as a person and wants to see me succeed at- beyond driving. “
“I can’t say how grateful I am for the commitment, faith and trust of him and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports.”
For his part, Rick Hendrick says Kyle is “unquestionably one of the most talented race car drivers in the world.”
“Most importantly, I have no doubts that he understands our expectations and that he will be a great ambassador for our team, our partners and NASCAR.”
“Kyle and I had many, many conversations leading up to today’s announcement. I am confident in his heart and his desire to be a champion in all aspects of his life and career.”
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