NASCAR has suspended Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements for a comment during an interview on Saturday.
“During the course of an interview, Jeremy Clements made an intolerable and insensitive remark,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “NASCAR has a Code of Conduct that’s explicitly spelled out in the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book. We fully expect our entire industry to adhere to that Code.”
Clements finished 33rd in the season opening race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.
It is unclear if Clements remark was made before or after the race.
Clements issued the following statement on his Facebook account.
“I apologize and regret what I said to the NASCAR writer and to NASCAR, my sponsors, my fans, and my team. NASCAR has a Code of Conduct that everyone must follow and I unintentionally violated that code. I will not get into specifics of what I said but my comment to the writer was in no way meant to be disrespectful or insensitive to anyone or to be detrimental to NASCAR or the NASCAR Nationwide Series. I will do what I need to do in order to atone for my error in judgment.”
To be considered for reinstatement, Clements will have to go through a program that NASCAR will set up to suit Clements’ individual needs.