A three letter word got Piquet a large slap on the wrist from NASCAR this week.
Nelson Piquet Jr. will be on indefinite suspension, be $10,000 lighter in the wallet and will have to take part in sensitivity training after using a slur on Instagram directed at Parker Kligerman last week.
The Turner Motorsports driver used a three letter work that is offensive to homosexuals, commenting on a photo Kligerman posted of himself.
The comment was in violation of NASCAR code of conduct, which says that members of NASCAR are forbidden to make a public statement that criticizes, ridicules or otherwise disparages another person based on that persons race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age or handicapped condition.”
“We have spoken to Nelson about his insensitive comment and he understands that such remarks will not be tolerated at Turner Scott Motorsports,” the group said in a press release.
“TSM expects those associated with the team to uphold professional standards that we can all be proud of. Nelson has assured the team that he has learned his lesson and he knows what it means to represent TSM.”
"Nelson Piquet Jr. recently communicated an offensive and derogatory term that cannot be tolerated in our sport," Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations, said in a press release.
"NASCAR’s Code of Conduct explicitly spells out in the 2013 rule book our position regarding the use of disparaging terms. We expect our entire industry to abide by this Code."
The 28-year-old Brazilian apologized for the comment.
"I sincerely apologize to everyone for my poor choice of words last week," he said in a statement.
"I did not mean to hurt or offend anyone. This has been a cultural learning experience that will make me a more sensitive person moving forward."