Chat Issues

I posted about this issue in the proper (tech) forum earlier, and have not had a response in two hours time. Is it possible to turn OFF the “force into game chat while online race commences” function? If not, is there any way to make the in game chat work in the hoppers? I have friends, and I like talking to them, so I would like to continue talking to them while I get crashed into while in the hoppers.

Thanks for any help! -MOTO