Nationwide Series driver Piquet Jr. fined $10,000 for homophobic slur

jutter@charlotteobserver.comOctober 1, 2013 

Nationwide Series driver Nelson Piquet Jr. was fined $10,000 and placed on indefinite probation by NASCAR on Tuesday for a violation of the sport’s code of conduct.

Piquet was penalized for the use of an anti-gay slur while communicating to another driver on social media last week. He also must attend mandatory sensitivity training.

“Nelson Piquet Jr. recently communicated an offensive and derogatory term that cannot be tolerated in our sport,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s senior vice president of racing operations.

“NASCAR’s Code of Conduct explicitly spells out in the 2013 rule book our position regarding the use of disparaging terms. We expect our entire industry to abide by this Code.”

Larson set for Cup debut

Kyle Larson, currently running in the Nationwide Series, will make his Sprint Cup Series debut for in next week’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Larson, who will drive the No. 42 Chevrolet full-time in the series next season for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, will drive Phoenix Racing’s No. 51 in the Charlotte race.

Larson will also compete in the Oct. 27 Cup race at Martinsville, Va., with Phoenix Racing.

“We are happy to have an opportunity to get Kyle in a couple of Cup races this year,” Team owner Chip Ganassi said. “Those races along with an aggressive testing schedule will be invaluable in his preparation for the 2014 season.”

Logano’s team penalized

Also Tuesday, Penske Racing’s No. 22 Ford Nationwide series team was penalized for failing post-race inspection after Saturday’s race at Dover, Del.

Joey Logano won the race, but the front of his car failed to meet the minimum height requirements.

The team’s crew chief, Jeremy Bullins, has been fined $10,000, and owner Roger Penske has been docked six owner points.

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