In the announcement, NASCAR’s senior vice president of racing operations, Steve O’Donnell, explained the governing body’s decision:
Nelson Piquet Jr. recently communicated an offensive and derogatory term that cannot be tolerated in our sport. 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.
Piquet, who drives the No. 30 car for Turner Scott Motorsports, also released a statement to apologize for his choice of words:
I sincerely apologize to everyone for my poor choice of words last week. I did not mean to hurt or offend anyone. This has been a cultural learning experience that will make me a more sensitive person moving forward.