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Piquet Jr. penalized for violating NASCAR Code of Conduct

Oct. 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Nationwide Series racer Nelson Piquet Jr. was fined $10,000 and placed on probation for using a gay slur against a fellow driver, NASCAR announced Wednesday.

Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations, said Piquet used a derogatory term while writing on social media, a violation of NASCAR's Code of Conduct, and in addition to the fine and indefinite probation will attend a sensitivity training course.

Piquet, 28, apologized after the decision.

The Sporting News reported the offensive remark was directed against racer Parker Kligerman and a photo of himself Kligerman had posted.

The online sports news organization Bleacher Report called the remark "a three-letter slur as a one-word description of Kligerman. The word is offensive to homosexuals."

Piquet is currently 12th in the nationwide Series standings, with five races left in the season.

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