Monez, who was Ty Dillon’s spotter in 2020 and joined Hendrick on January 1, has retweeted and liked posts by President Trump that criticize coronavirus response measures and the voting process. He also reportedly highlighted tweets that included a QAnon-related hashtag, according to Motorsports.com, and Trump’s suggestion that Bubba Wallace apologize for the uproar that followed the discovery of a rope tied into a noose in his garage at Talladega Superspeedway in June.
Hendrick Motorsports confirmed the dismissal to Fox Sports NASCAR reporter Bob Pockrass, but has not officially stated the reason for the decision. Monez has not yet said anything about it to social media, but confirmed the news to TobyChristie.com.
Kyle Larson is joining Hendrick Motorsports after being fired by Chip Ganassi Racing in April for using a racial slur during an online simulation race. Larson, who is Japanese American, completed a sensitivity training course mandated by NASCAR and spent much of the year meeting with African American community leaders in an effort to educate himself about civil-rights issues.
NASCAR has not issued a statement on the Monez situation.