NASCAR asks Denny Hamlin to undergo sensitivity training

NASCAR will ask Denny Hamlin to undergo sensitivity training after he tweeted a meme from an Asian driver to describe Kyle Larson’s driving at the end of Sunday’s Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.

NASCAR informed Hamlin Tuesday morning that he should begin the process of his sensitivity training by the end of this week.

Hamlin apologized Monday night for the tweet he posted – and later deleted – saying “that was a bad choice of memes and I saw how offensive it was”.

Hamlin tweeted a clip from the “Family Guy” show that references an Asian female driver. Larson’s name was superimposed on the driver. Larson’s mother is Asian American.

Larson climbed several lanes as he arrived at the finish of Sunday’s race. His actions caused Kurt Busch to crash. The incident also picked up Bubba Wallace. Both drive for 23XI Racing, Hamlin’s co-owning team.

Hamlin’s tweet was posted at 4:44 p.m. ET on Monday. Hamlin posted his apology at 11:49 p.m. ET on Monday and noted that he had deleted the previous tweet.

Section 4.3.e of the Cup Rules states: “NASCAR members shall not make or cause to be made any public statement and/or communication that criticizes, ridicules or belittles another person based on their race. , colour, creed, nationality, origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age or disability”.

Section 4.4.e of the Cup Rules states that a member could face a penalty for a “statement and/or communication made public (including social media platforms) that belittles, criticizes, ridicules or denigrates another person by reason of that person’s race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, or condition of disability”.

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