UPDATE: EuroNASCAR Driver Under Investigation for Racism Against Sim Racing Streamer

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A EuroNASCAR champion is under formal investigation by the series organisers after they were found to have sent racially charged messages in the Twitch chat of our own Elz Indriani.

On the evening of 8 May, OverTake streamer Elz Indriani was live on her personal Twitch channel when she received messages in her chat from a EuroNASCAR driver. These messages included racial slurs targeting Elz's Asian ethnicity.

A statement provided by EuroNASCAR read: "EuroNASCAR has made diversity and inclusion a priority and condemns every kind of racism and intolerance. The organization strives to offer an inclusive environment for the entire championship, partners and fan base. The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will take all proper actions in due course after reviewing the facts surrounding this case."


The driver in question is Paul Jouffreau, the reigning EuroNASCAR 2 champion and current driver for the RDV Compétition team. After making the initial comments, he allegedly switched to the account of the sim racing team he competed for, Unity Racing, and continued the harassment.

Unity Racing have since released a statement claiming that they have expelled Jouffreau from the team, and that the comments made from their account are not reflective of their team's fundamental values. Their founders Thomas Toulemonde and Bryan Talatizi went on to say that they are "actively working to strengthen our internal policies to ensure that such incidents do not happen again in the future."


Jouffreau himself has released a statement claiming he will accept the decision that the organisers of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will make on the matter. As of the time of publishing, there is no official decision, but we will update this article once EuroNASCAR do make one.

Unfortunately, NASCAR racing drivers and racial online incidents are not unheard of. Infamously, Kyle Larson dropped a racial slur in iRacing voice chat during an event in April 2020, which led to him being suspended. He has since returned to the Cup Series with Hendrick Motorsports and won the 2021 title.

Then in 2023, Noah Gragson was suspended after he was found to have liked a social post making light of the murder of an African-American man by a police officer. After having his suspension lifted, Gragson now competes for Stewart-Haas Racing.


UPDATE 14/05/2024: EuroNASCAR have announced that Paul Jouffreau will be hit with a two-year probation throughout the 2025 season and an immediate fine. He will also be participating in a sensitivity meeting before the Vallelunga round of the championship from 18-19 May.
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While this is the kind of "drama" I like to stay away from...

What kind of "apology" is that? "During an online meeting with friends I made a very bad comment". It wasn't like it was something idiotic done in affection and in a reaction. And then switching accounts to keep doing it? What kind of "online meeting" is he doing?
 
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Racism is deplorable and stupid, but this is not an online newspaper. I come onto RaceDepartment partially to escape all that unpleasantness. I am sure there are other online sources of information if people want to find out about this. If I'm accused of sticking my head in the sand...well, exactly.

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It's interesting, yes, any article fighting against racism and xenofobia in simracing and everywhere is WORTH, because lately in the last years the are getting out of their caves with the excuse of their "freedom" to say any bullshit to another human being. Thanks overtake.
 
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Racism is deplorable and stupid, but this is not an online newspaper. I come onto RaceDepartment partially to escape all that unpleasantness. I am sure there are other online sources of information if people want to find out about this. If I'm accused of sticking my head in the sand...well, exactly.

Shovas' worst fears are being realised.
But you don’t have to read it. And has been said in numerous other threads Sim Racing is a niche within a niche, if this stuff doesn’t get called out here it’s not going to get noticed much elsewhere.

I’m guessing most of us around here are middle aged white guys, we’ve never had to put up with this crap.
 
Thats why u r supposed to enjoy the sport, not support the singular athletes .. regardless of the actual sports type :roflmao:
 
I dunno, the guy is out of order for sure, but an article here on this here seems a bit over the top.

If I might add, that as a Brit living in Switzerland I've lost count of the number of times I've been ignominiously referred to as an "Inselaffe", not to mention "Englische/Britische F-Wort" on multiple times, although admittedly this generally happens outside of major conurbations.

Sure it's not racism per se in my case as I happen to be white, but it's definitely xenophobic, and would serve to make me feel slightly insulted if I didn't have the mental hide of a Rhino.

Could be worse though, I could be French, in which case I would be a "Froschfresser" - eewww.
 
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I dunno, the guy is out of order for sure, but an article here on this here seems a bit over the top.
It is sim racing related, and since nowadays racism is often called out in other walks of life we shouldn't be exempt.
In the 1960's I worked alongside Indians, Pakistanis and West Indians and saw the abuse they were regularly subjected to. I'm glad times have changed, we have many children living round about our house, with different colours and nationalities I like that they all happily play together but was saddened that the only racist comment I've heard recently came from someone of my generation.
Fortunately none of the kids heard it.
 
I dunno, the guy is out of order for sure, but an article here on this here seems a bit over the top.

If I might add, that as a Brit living in Switzerland I've lost count of the number of times I've been ignominiously referred to as an "Inselaffe", not to mention "Englische/Britische F-Wort" on multiple times, although admittedly this generally happens outside of major conurbations.

Sure it's not racism per se in my case as I happen to be white, but it's definitely xenophobic, and would serve to make me feel slightly insulted if I didn't have the mental hide of a Rhino.

Could be worse though, I could be French, in which case I would be a "Froschfresser" - eewww.

There is also racism against white people, this thing that only minorities receive racism is what is preached, but today it is almost a mortal sin to be white and straight in many places in the world.
 
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And it is okay to have that opinion - just like other people think that it is alright having the article. It's impossible to cater to all opinions out there, however, so as @Wreckoning suggested, it might be best to simply not read the ones that don't interest you to avoid the stuff you don't want to read about.

Not trying to be snarky with my reply, just a suggestion to avoid things that feel out of place for you.
 
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And it is okay to have that opinion - just like other people think that it is alright having the article. It's impossible to cater to all opinions out there, however, so as @Wreckoning suggested, it might be best to simply not read the ones that don't interest you to avoid the stuff you don't want to read about.

Not trying to be snarky with my reply, just a suggestion to avoid things that feel out of place for you.
Understood. But it's like a train wreck, you see it and you just can't look away. I do not condone the guys behavior, I do not condone racism in any form. But to put it upfront on a video game website is kinda click bait. I will not comment on this anymore. I enjoy this site and all the good things about it. I will ignore the bad.
 
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Oxymoron much!! Most conversations on this site devolve into unpleasantness. Its just not completely classless like racism!!
I find this site to generally be an oasis of calm. It's absurd to get worked up about a hobby as harmless as ours.

I don't come here to get worked up. There's already enough of that in real life.
 
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