Hamlin tweeted a clip from American animated sequence Household Man mocking Asian drivers, spliced with footage from the ultimate lap at Talladega when Kyle Larson collided with Kurt Busch, who drives for Hamlin’s 23XI Racing group.
Busch’s 23XI teammate Bubba Wallace was additionally collected within the crash.
Larson is the one Asian-American driver at NASCAR’s prime stage and the reigning sequence champion. Many criticised the submit for being racist in nature.
Hamlin initially defended the submit and spoke of his pleasant relationship with Larson, telling individuals to “loosen up.”
Hamlin later deleted the controversial meme and posted the next apology on Twitter:
“I took down a submit I made earlier in the present day after studying among the feedback,” wrote Hamlin.
“It was a poor selection of memes and I noticed the way it was offensive. It got here throughout completely incorrect. I apologise.”
Larson was topic to sensitivity coaching himself, having used a racial slur throughout a NASCAR iRacing occasion throughout 2020.
This brought on Larson to lose his Chip Ganassi Racing seat forward of his rehabilitation, though was later signed by Hendrick Motorsports with whom he received final 12 months’s Cup Sequence.
JR Motorsport expands Xfinity Sequence schedule for Hendrick drivers
JR Motorsports is increasing the schedule of its fifth NASCAR Xfinity Sequence group this season for 3 Hendrick Motorsports Cup drivers.
On Tuesday, JRM introduced it’ll subject a fifth automotive – its #88 Chevrolet – in 5 further Xfinity races this season.
With sponsorship from HendrickCars.com, present HMS Cup drivers William Byron, Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson will mix to make the begins.
Elliott, the 2020 Cup Sequence champion, will drive the #88 within the 7 Could race at Darlington whereas Byron will take the wheel for the 21 Could race at Texas Motor Speedway and 16 July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Larson, the reigning Cup Sequence champion, will race the #88 on the 20 August at Watkins Glen Worldwide and three September at Darlington.
Initially, JRM deliberate to run the #88 in 4 races this season. In two races run to this point, the group has one top-10 end with Miguel Paludo at Circuit of the Americas.
Crew chief duties for the #88 group will probably be introduced at a later date.
Elliott and Byron have each received Xfinity Sequence championships driving for JRM throughout their respective careers – Elliott in 2014 and Byron in 2017.
Elliott has 5 Xfinity Sequence wins in 82 profession begins, together with one begin final season with JRM on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Highway Course. Byron has 4 wins in 33 begins – all in 2017.
Larson has amassed 12 Xfinity wins in 108 begins along with his most up-to-date Xfinity race coming within the 2018 season with Chip Ganassi Racing.