The social justice warriors are out and about, even in NASCAR. You aren’t even safe from the parents your made before you were born. Ask NASCAR driver Conor Daly.
Daly just lost his endorsement from Lilly Diabetes for a comment his father made 30 years ago. When you factor in the fact that Daly is just 26 years old, this is mind-blowing.
Lilly Diabetes has pulled its sponsorship of Conor Daly’s No. 6 car in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America, citing a racially insensitive remark made by the driver’s father in the 1980s that surfaced this week. https://t.co/TbJeb1jCu5
— RTV6 Indianapolis (@rtv6) August 25, 2018
NASCAR driver Conor Daly responds
The last 24hrs have been quite an unnecessarily difficult ride for my family. There is A LOT I want to say… but I’m still here and still racing. I appreciate the support from @roushfenway and ALL of you. @LillyDiabetes has been a big part of my career and Im very thankful. #6
— Conor Daly (@ConorDaly22) August 24, 2018
On Wednesday Lilly Diabetes posted a video of support for Conor.
.@ConorDaly22 is taking on his first @NASCAR race this weekend! Check out the latest Road to @roadamerica episode to see how he has been training for this big day. https://t.co/ifPoha900v pic.twitter.com/M7a0LhBUlY
— Lilly Diabetes (@LillyDiabetes) August 22, 2018
There’s more to the story. Conor’s father claims that he is not even responsible for the comment that he is being blamed for in the news this week.
Per The Indy Channel:
Lilly Diabetes has pulled its sponsorship of Conor Daly’s No. 6 car in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America, citing a racially insensitive remark made by the driver’s father in the 1980s that surfaced this week.
Lilly said in a statement Friday that its sponsorship was intended to raise awareness for treatment options and resources for people living with diabetes.
“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.
Primarily an IndyCar driver, Conor Daly is making his NASCAR debut at the rural Wisconsin road course Saturday with Roush Fenway Racing. Messages left for a team spokesman seeking comment were not immediately returned on Friday night.
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.
The fact that Conor Daly’s father did not even make the comment makes it worse. But let’s say he did make the comment. This young man should not lose a sponsorship for something that was said before he was even born. How is that remotely his fault?
More virtue signaling and it’s sad to see that it’s even coming from NASCAR.