Suspended NASCAR driver Kyle Larson is eyeing a return to the Cup Series as soon as possible, and he is hoping that some personal growth and outreach can expedite his comeback. Larson was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR and fired by Chip Ganassi Racing in April after being caught using a racial slur during an exhibition iRacing event. He has spent the rest of the year racing largely in the World of Outlaws sprint car series, where he has impressed and been on several extended win streaks. Larson deactivated his social media after the incident, but he has also been working quietly with diversity groups, toured the George Floyd memorial area in Minneapolis and has been working to make amends overall with the African American community.
Larson and his agent Rod Moskowitz have largely shied away from publicly discussing when he could try to return to NASCAR, aside from an interview Larson gave to the AP in August. However, Martin told THE DAILY: “Kyle wants to get back as soon as he can. … At this point right now, he has not been reinstated as of yet, but his ultimate goal I’m sure is to get back in the series as soon as he can.” Larson has mainly been linked in recent weeks with Hendrick Motorsports, which has a driver opening to fill after this season because Jimmie Johnson is retiring. However, a deal of this nature, involving a driver coming back from a controversy, would be very complex to set up — and Hendrick has yet to make an announcement on its future.
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