Nelson Piquet Jr. has been fined $10,000 by NASCAR for using an
anti-gay slur on social media.
Piquet, who drives for Turner Scott Motorsports, commented on a
photo that Nationwide Series driver Parker Kligerman posted of
himself on Instagram: “Fag.”
The 28-year-old Piquet has also been ordered to attend sensitivity
“Nelson Piquet Jr. recently communicated an offensive and
derogatory term that cannot be tolerated in our sport,” said Steve
O'Donnell, senior vice president of racing operations at NASCAR.
Piquet, a 28-year-old driver from Brazil and the son of three-time
Formula One world champion Nelson Piquet, apologized in a statement.
“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
cultural learning experience that will make me a more sensitive
person moving forward,” he said.