Insanity: NASCAR driver Conor Daly loses sponsorship because his father used the “N word” in an interview – before Conor was born

Conor Daly: Being punished for the ancient action of his father/ESPN photo

From Daily Mail: NASCAR Xfinity driver Conor Daly has lost one of his sponsors because of a racial slur made by his racing driver father in the 1980s before he was even born.

Lilly Diabetes said in a statement on Friday that it was pulling sponsorship of Conor’s No.6 car in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America, citing the racially insensitive remark made by his father Derek Daly that surfaced this week.

The company said in a statement 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 will make his NASCAR debut at the rural Wisconsin road course on Saturday with Roush Fenway Racing.

‘The last (24 hours) 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,’ Conor wrote on Twitter on Friday night.

He found himself caught up in controversy this week after his father Derek and Indianapolis Colts radio voice Bob Lamey both admitted to using the N-word.

The elder Daly, who is a former Indy 500 and Formula One driver, was fired from his job as a WISH-TV racing analyst this week following the news that he had used the N-word in an interview 30 years ago.

It resurfaced after longtime Indianapolis Colts radio voice Bob Lamey used the word during a training camp last week as he retold the story of Derek’s radio interview from the 1980s. Lamey abruptly retired in the wake of the comments.

In a statement, Derek said he admitted to using the slur during the interview. Derek, who had just moved to the US at the time, said the term had a different meaning and connotation in his native Ireland.

He said he was ‘mortified’ when he learned how the term was used in America and has never used it since then. His 26-year-old son wasn’t born when he made the comment.

‘Finally, I want everyone to know I deeply regret and sincerely apologize for what I said more than three decades ago,’ the elder Daly said in his statement.

Lilly Diabetes is still sponsoring the RFR-owned cars of drivers Ty Majeski and Ryan Reed at Road America. ‘We remain committed to our mission of supporting people with diabetes,’ Lilly said.

Conor thanked Roush Fenway and Twitter followers for their support in the wake of the controversy. He also thanked his former sponsor. ‘Lilly Diabetes has been a big part of my career and I’m very thankful,’ Conor wrote.


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In my opinion, the elder Mr. Daly owes no apologies to anyone for an incident that happened long ago before “N” was considered offensive. The terms used, such as speaks, pollacks, chinks, have been around for a long time. Comedians, Flip Wilson-RIP, Eddy Murphy to name a few, have used “whities” “niggers” and ALL have laughed at the jokes, it has been lately that hose “adjetives” are found to be offensive. I have been called a name but I have too much pride in me to let anyone belittle me with name calling. CONOR DALY plenty of fish in the… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn

Insanity, indeed.
This is not just Thought Crime; it’s retroactive and by-proxy Thought Crime.
When did the U.S.A. become the former Soviet Union?


This political correctness is nothing more than self-imposed censorship. How utterly stupid is this? Are they in competition to show how conforming they are? The very idea of an “n-word” is childish.

Getting people to censor themselves was quite a coup for them. I read one today where a teacher threatened to throw something at a fifth-grader and made him write the word “ma’am” over a hundred times for calling her “ma’am”. His mother claims she simply raised her children to be polite (as did my mother).

This garbage has gotten seriously out of control.


“Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell


Lilly pharmaceuticals

Prescribe or take accordingly


From back when I was a kid and people took things a bit less seriously…

I wonder if the “punishment” would have been meted out were the driver and his father both black… especially if they were rappers/athletes/etc.?

BTW, google didn’t even show this as a hit until I added the terms SNL, Chase and Pryor. I’ve found it before just by searching for “honky, honky, honky!”, which is how we once referred to the skit. Actually, I checked again and the term required to find it was not SNL nor Chase, but rather, Pryor, alone… Odd.


It is only wrongly used if a white man says it. Whites hear all kinds of derogatory words every day and are expected to suck it up. This example of punishing an innocent man was made most likely by a liberal do gooder is off the charts. The son should not be guilty because of the sins of the father.
I am so over all this racial sensitivity crap when it is always so one sided.
Blacks use the word everyday and consider themselves cool.


I guess they are Lilly-livered.

Given the confiscatory amounts they charge for insulin, one would think they would want to keep their name in front of as many people as possible.

I stopped using theirs well over a year ago, as I am now getting essentially the same insulin for $26 the Lilly goobers were charging me over $160 for.

-And it works equally as well.

Michael S.
Michael S.

Since when has the word “NASCAR” been offensive?