Former NASCAR Driver Scott Speed Suspended From iRacing For Trying To Intentionally Wreck Opponents

Former NASCAR and Formula 1 racer Scott Speed has been suspended from popular simulation racing game iRacing after footage of him attempting to intentionally crash into other players surfaced.

Speed confirmed to The Drive that he's been suspended from the game for actions captured in a Twitch clip from streamer Jake "YTBigz" Hewlett.

iRacing is a serious platform for both virtual drivers and those trying to crack their way into real-life racing, so incidents like above, where Speed is veering across the track to slam into cars, are pretty serious.

Another clip from December of Speed driving aggressively has made the rounds as well, though some have pointed out that the driver in question rear-ended him. (Note: I'm not sure 'a fender for a fender' is in the racer's bible.)

Speed sent the following statement to The Drive about his suspension:

This is not real life, it's a game. The penalty for my action if protested against, is a suspension, which I accept[ed] and received. I personally wouldn't feel like a man protesting a guy who I just accidentally wrecked out of the lead for returning the favour. But that's me, and I understand that thinking is not treating iRacing with the appropriate amount of respect and is wrong. For that I sincerely apologise.

Two days ago, Speed also listed a three-monitor racing setup on Facebook Marketplace, which sold for $US7500 ($9459).


Comments

    That's not an apology, that's cellophane giftwrap lazily taped around "the guy who complained is a pussy but whatever I guess".

    That game looks a bit too serious for me who sees other cars as moving pinball bumpers to get me around corners without braking.

      doesnt everyone dom that in racing games though?

      I'd get banned so quick, Nascar whoo! Rams the guy's either side of me & the pace car.

        Except the pace car isn't a solid object in iRacing so you'd just pass through it.

        The other 2 blokes would be sore though and protest you if they were smart enough.

    Bans deserved with that kind of intentional driving. You don't run flat out like that without intent to wreck. You can forgive that kind of driving on ovals but in road, nope that's ban worthy.

    (I'm a 4 year member of iRacing for the record)

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