Chevrolet Suspends Relationship With Kyle Larson

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Kyle Larson's relationship with Chevrolet has been suspended following his use of a racial slur. (HHP/Ashley R Dickerson Photo)
Kyle Larson's relationship with Chevrolet has been suspended following his use of a racial slur. (HHP/Ashley R Dickerson Photo)

CONCORD, N.C. — The fallout from Kyle Larson’s use of a racial slur during an iRacing event on Sunday continued Monday afternoon when Chevrolet announced it was suspending its relationship with the driver.

Larson has driven nothing but Chevrolets since making his NASCAR National series debut in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in 2012. He’s made 223 NASCAR Cup Series starts with six victories, all coming in Chevrolets for Chip Ganassi Racing.

In addition, Kyle Larson Racing, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series team owned by Larson, is sponsored by Chevrolet Accessories.

“Chevrolet has suspended its relationship with Kyle Larson indefinitely, as we do not tolerate this behavior,” Chevrolet officials said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor the events surrounding Mr. Larson and are prepared to take additional action.”

Chevrolet is the latest company to denounce Larson’s use of a racial slur during Sunday’s Monza Madness stream. Earlier Monday he was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR and Chip Ganassi Racing, with NASCAR requiring him to go through sensitivity training before he can be reinstated.

In addition, iRacing has banned him from its service and Larson’s sponsor, Credit One Bank, denounced Larson’s conduct in a statement posted to Twitter.

Larson issued a statement on Monday apologizing for using a racial slur while accepting the fact that “the damage is probably unrepairable.”