NASCAR penalizes Piquet Jr.
October 01, 2013, Official NASCAR News Release, NASCAR.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 1, 2013) – Nelson Piquet Jr., driver of the No. 30 car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, has been fined $10,000, required to participate in sensitivity training as directed by NASCAR, and placed on indefinite probation for violating the sanctioning body’s Code of Conduct policy.
On September 25, Piquet violated Sections 7-5 (Code of Conduct) and 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2013 NASCAR rule book.
“Nelson Piquet Jr. recently communicated an offensive and derogatory term that cannot be tolerated in our sport,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “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.”
The following statement was issued by Nelson Piquet Jr. following the penalty announcement:
"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 culutral learning experience that will make me a more sensitive person moving forward."
Turner Scott Motorsports also issued a statement regarding the penalty to Nelson Piquet Jr.:
"We have spoken to Nelson about his insensitive comment and he understands that such remarks will not be tolerated at Turner Scott Motorsports. TSM expects those associated with the team to uphold professional standards that we can all be proud of. Nelson has assured the team that he has learned his lesson and he knows what it means to represent TSM."