Wait, What? NASCAR Driver Loses Endorsement Because Of Racial Comment His Father Made 30 Years Ago

Racecar driver Conor Daly has been stripped of an endorsement ahead of his NASCAR debut this weekend in Wisconsin for something that has little if anything to do with him.

Lilly Diabetes decided to pull the endorsement from Daly’s No. 6 car in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America for a racial comment his father made more than 30 years ago.

Daly, 26, was not even born when his father made the remark but is being punished anyway.

Lilly Diabetes, who provides treatment options and resources for people facing the challenges of diabetes according to its website, said the comment is a distraction from promoting their mission.

“Unfortunately, the comments that surfaced this week by Derek Daly distract from this focus, so we have made the decision that Lilly Diabetes will no longer run the No. 6 at Road America this weekend,” Lilly said, as the Indy Channel reports.

Here’s more:

Derek Daly has denied being the original source of a racial slur that led to the retirement of longtime Indianapolis Colts radio voice Bob Lamey last weekend.

Several news outlets reported that Daly was the source in a story Wednesday. It also led to the station severing its ties with Daly, a freelance racing analyst. Daly is a former CART and Formula One driver.


In a statement, Daly said he admitted to using a racial slur for African-Americans during a radio interview in the early 1980s. Daly, who had just moved to the United States then, said the term had a different meaning and connotation in his native Ireland.

Daly said he was “mortified’” when he learned how the term was used in the United States and has never used it since then. Conor Daly, 26, wasn’t born when his father made the comment.

Derek Daly apologized for his use of the comment more than 30 years ago.

“Finally, I want everyone to know I deeply regret and sincerely apologize for what I said more than three decades ago,” Derek Daly said in a statement, per the Indy Channel.

Some people complained online about the odd punishment.

“Wait… hold up. So a guy loses sponsorship because of a bad remark a family member said 30 years ago and before he was even born??” one user responded. “We are living in criminally stupid times.”

H/T: Twitchy