Nelson Piquet Jr, driver of Turner Scott Motorsports’ No. 30 Nationwide Series entry, has been penalized by NASCAR 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.
NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations Steve O’Donnell said:
Nelson Piquet Jr. recently communicated an offensive and derogatory term that cannot be tolerated in our sport.
Piquet was fined $10,000 and ordered to complete sensitivity training as directed by NASCAR. He has also been placed on indefinite probation.
TSM issued a statement:
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.
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.