Larson was a top NASCAR driver with the Chip Ganassi Racing Team in 2020. Then he stained his career during an online race during the global health crisis. He didn’t realize that his microphone was live when he casually dropped a racist slur. NASCAR has a dubious reputation at best, so there was pressure to throw the book at him.
The driver’s team fired him because of his conduct but he bounced back with Hendrick Motorsport. It doesn’t appear to have damaged his long-term prospects because that’s how NASCAR works. But everyone now knows what type of person Larson is. He wasn’t sorry for what he said but rather just that the world heard him (via NBC News).