Driver Noah Gragson has been suspended indefinitely and won’t take part in NASCAR’s Cup Sequence race on Sunday attributable to his “actions” on social media, in line with NASCAR and his workforce, Legacy Motor Membership.
A screenshot circulating on social media purports to indicate Gragson’s Instagram account had preferred a meme mocking George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by a White police officer in Minneapolis in 2020. Neither NASCAR nor Legacy Motor Membership specified the rationale for the suspension and CNN has not independently verified the submit.
Gragson apologized in a submit on Twitter on Saturday.
“I’m upset in myself for my lack of consideration and actions on social media,” Gragson mentioned. “I perceive the severity of this case. I like and respect everybody. I attempt to deal with everybody equally regardless of who they’re. I tousled plain and easy.”
Legacy Motor Membership suspended Gragson indefinitely and mentioned in a press release Saturday that his actions “don’t symbolize the values of our workforce.” Gragson will likely be changed by driver Josh Berry for this weekend’s Cup Sequence race at Michigan.
NASCAR “absolutely helps” the suspension of Gragson, it mentioned in a press release, and added his actions on social media violated “the Member Conduct part of the 2023 NASCAR Rule Ebook” when issuing the suspension.
CNN has reached out to NASCAR for extra info.
The 25-year-old Gragson, who’s in his first 12 months within the Cup Sequence, is ranked thirty third in factors and has no top-10 finishes this season.