22-year old Richard Petty Motorsports development driver Corey LaJoie has been placed on indefinite probation ordered to participate in sensitivity training after posting a tweet suggesting that the “TSA should conduct a cavity search of a man wearing a turban.” The message, deemed a direct violation of NASCAR Code of Conduct policy (Sections 7-5) as well as an “actions detrimental to stock car racing (12-1),” was posted on October 15th.
"Corey LaJoie recently issued an insensitive and intolerable communication that has no place in our sport," commented NASCAR’s vice president of Regional and Touring George Silberman. "Each of NASCAR's 2013 series-specific Rule Books includes our Code of Conduct that unequivocally states our stance specific to the use of demeaning language. We expect our entire industry to adhere to that Code."
The tweet has since been taken down, and LaJoie has since issued an apology'' stating, “it was an immature and insensitive comment. I'm upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.''
Born September 25, 1991, in Kannapolis, NC, Corey is the son of two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion Randy LaJoie. Until now, he has been competing NASCAR K & N Pro East Series and ARCA. During the past three months he claimed victory at Chicagoland Speedway in July, and at Pocono Raceway in August, as well as steering his No. 17 Medallion Financial Ford into Victory Lane at Kentucky Speedway for the third time after winning the Zloop 150 in September.