Piquet Jr., driver of the No. 30 car was fined $10,000, and will be required to participate in sensitivity training as directed by NASCAR. He was also placed on indefinite probation for violating the sanctioning body’s Code of Conduct policy.
According to media reports, Piquet directed a comment at driver Parker Kligerman, after the fellow Nationwide series driver posted a photo of himself on social media on Wednesday Sept. 25. Apparently the comment, which can be considered a homophobic slur, was posted in fun and Kligerman responded as if it was. However, a fan took a screenshot of the exchange and brought it to the attention of NASCAR who took action Tuesday.
“Nelson Piquet Jr. recently communicated an offensive and derogatory term that cannot be tolerated in our sport,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR 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.”
Earlier this season, NASCAR suspended Nationwide series driver Jeremy Clements for a racial slur he uttered. He underwent sensitivity training and was reinstated.