Kyle Larson to race in World of Outlaws event at Knoxville Raceway

Kyle Larson. (Terry Renna/AP)

Kyle Larson plans to race again Friday night in a World of Outlaws event at Knoxville Raceway.

The dirt track in Iowa will not have spectators at the event because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Larson was fired three weeks ago by Chip Ganassi Racing for using a racial slur while competing in an iRacing event. The slur was publicly heard on a gaming app and went viral. Most of Larson’s sponsors bailed on him and Ganassi had to fire his star NASCAR driver.

The 27-year-old Larson is half-Japanese and rose through NASCAR’s ranks in its diversity program. He was suspended by NASCAR and ordered to complete a sensitivity training course.

Larson immediately left North Carolina and returned to home state California. He raced dirt tracks across the West Coast when he began his career.

Larson said he’d be driving the No. 57 at Knoxville, a car that is listed as owned by Sacramento-based Paul Silva. Larson is from nearby Elk Grove.

Also scheduled to compete in the Knoxville event is retired NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne.

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