Kyle Larson released an essay on his personal website Sunday evening, taking accountability for his use of a racial slur nearly six months ago and illustrating the steps he has taken to become more educated about civil-rights issues.
The essay, titled “Kyle Larson: My Lessons Learned,” is among his first public comments since his indefinite suspension from NASCAR and his dismissal by Chip Ganassi Racing. He also spoke to The Associated Press on Aug. 19 about his efforts to heal the damage caused by his use of the slur over a public communications channel in an April 12 iRacing event.
“Anger came at me from all angles,” Larson wrote. “Being labeled a racist has hurt the most, but I brought that on myself. What I didn’t expect, though, were all the people who, despite their disappointment in what I did, made the choice to not give up on me. It motivates me to repay their faith by working harder, not giving up on myself, and making sure something positive comes from the harm I caused.”
Larson has not been reinstated by NASCAR officials, who have required him to complete sensitivity training as a condition for his return to competition.