NASCAR driver clears name after iRacing user makes racial slurs

NASCAR driver Tanner Gray says he was not the driver in the video that went viral

Tanner Gray is a 23-year-old driver who runs full-time in the NASCAR Truck Series. However, he’s not the only Tanner Gray.

On Tuesday night, an iRacing user with the name Tanner Gray mocked spanish-speaking drivers during an oline practice session.

Unlike most online games, in iRacing users are required to use their actual names. Fake names aren’t allowed as the name on the credit card is the only option.

The video went somewhat viral, in a hurry. It led a portion of the internet to target NASCAR driver Tanner Gray.

Gray does have an iRacing account. However, the account has been inactive since 2018. That account used his mother’s name.

Additionally, the account that used racist language was forced on July 27th by a Georgia user. The NASCAR driver Tranner Gray noted that he was racing at Indianapolis Raceway Park on July 29.

Additionally, iRacing EVP Steve Meyers confirmed that the user in violation was not the NASCAR driver.

Tanner Gray issues statement

“I have been made aware of racially insensitive comments from an account using my likeness during an iRacing practice session that are wrongly attributed to me,” Gray stated via social media.

“I do not have an active membership, and last raced in 2018 using an account under my mother’s name.”

“The profile of the account in question shows it was launched on 7/27/22 by an individual in Georgia. They have run nearly 200 races in the last month, including actively conflicting with my NCWTS schedule beginning with the Lucas Oil Raceway Park.”

He added, “I denounce the behavior shown in this video, and I’m actively working with iRacing to get this user flagged and removed from the service.”


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