NASCAR Penalizes Corey LaJoie for Insensitive Tweet

NASCAR Penalizes Corey LaJoie for Insensitive Tweet

by October 23, 2013 1 comment

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NASCAR has penalized Richard Petty Motorsports development driver, Corey LaJoie for an inappropriate comment made on Twitter.  The suspension comes weeks after NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Nelson Piquet, Jr was penalized for a foul comment on another driver’s Instagram page.

In the NASCAR release, LaJoie is sighted as violating Section 7-5 (Code of Conduct) and 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book.

“Corey LaJoie recently issued an insensitive and intolerable communication that has no place in our sport,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR’s vice president, Regional and Touring Series. “Each of NASCAR’s 2013 series-specific Rule Books includes our Code of Conduct that unequivocally states our stance specific to the use of demeaning language. We expect our entire industry to adhere to that Code.” a NASCAR statement read.

LaJoie has been placed on indefinite probation and will have to undergo sensitivity training per NASCAR’s release.

The tweet in question has since been deleted and LaJoie has apologized for any wrong doing.

“It was an immature and insensitive comment. I’m upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.” said LaJoie in a statement.

LaJoie raced in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with three wins in five starts in 2013.

The penalty comes on the heals of RPM crew chief Todd Parrott being suspended for violating NASCAR Substance Abuse policy.

Chris Owens
For years, Chris has been traveling the country shooting photos capturing some of the sport's most unique moments and writing articles about grassroots racing and the NASCAR. Chris is the track photographer for Dillon Motor Speedway, and he has created websites for regional racing media outlets as well as for a few clients in the various traveling Late Model divisions. He also created a website for NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Danny Efland.

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  1. Rick Thompson
    #1 Rick Thompson 26 October, 2013, 11:36

    Let’s face it NASCAR just likes picking on Corey LaJoie. Their bogus penalty last year kept him from a K&N Championship and this year it’s more of the same. A drivers private twitter is no business of NASCAR. They should let his sponsors punish him. This is clear overreaching on the part of a sports sanctioning body.

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