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World of Outlaws says Kyle Larson can race after sensitivity training

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The World of Outlaws sprint car series said Kyle Larson is welcome to compete on its circuit after completing sensitivity training within 30 days.

Larson was fired Tuesday from his Cup Series ride at Chip Ganassi Racing after being indefinitely suspended by NASCAR for uttering a racial slur during an iRacing stream Sunday night. Multiple NASCAR sponsors severed ties with Larson after the incident.

But at least two sponsors (Plan B Sales and Finley Farms) associated with Larson’s World of Outlaws team tweeted they would continue to support the team. Kyle Larson Racing fields Carson Macedo in the Outlaws series and also runs cars for Larson.

In a statement, the World of Outlaws said it didn’t condone Larson’s language, which violated its behavioral code.

“Given the nature of this infraction and Kyle’s already public apology, he will be required to complete a sensitivity training course within 30 days of the date of the infraction,” the statement read. “Kyle is an important and visible stakeholder in the World of Outlaws community as both Driver and Team Owner.

“Kyle has admitted to making a mistake, and it is our expectation that he will make every effort to represent the sport in a professional manner moving forward. Provided that Kyle completes the designated training in the allotted time, he will remain eligible to compete in all World of Outlaws sanctioned events.”

Kyle Larson Racing will be allowed to compete in WoO regardless of Larson’s status. The series remains on hold because of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

NASCAR has said Larson will need to complete sensitivity training before being considered for reinstatement. Larson also has been suspended indefinitely from iRacing.

Aside from a public apology Monday, Larson has given no indication of what his next steps would be.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).