Tony Stewart told an interviewer Wednesday that he feels “It’s time to get Kyle (Larson) back in sport.” Larson was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR in April of this year, then fired by Chip Ganassi Racing after he used a racial slur in an iRacing event. Larson has discussed the incident in interviews with the press.
“I made a mistake and I’m paying for it and I accept that,” Larson told the AP. “NASCAR is where I always wanted to be and I do believe I proved I can compete at the Cup level. I’d like to get back there and we’ll see if there’s a way. All I can do is continue to improve myself and let my actions show who I truly am.”
Larson is required to submit a formal request to NASCAR in order to be considered for reinstatement. A NASCAR spokesperson has confirmed that Larson has made inquiries, but has not yet submitted a formal request.
“I feel like it’s time to get Kyle back in the sport,” Stewart said. “I think he’s paid his dues. I think he served his penalty as far as society is concerned. I think it’s time for NASCAR to let the kid have an opportunity to get back to where he belongs and that’s behind (the wheel) of a stock car.”
While Larson has been suspended from NASCAR competition, he has not been inactive in the sport. He has dominated dirt sprint car racing, becoming the first driver to win seven straight races in Tony Stewart’s Sprint Car Series.