In 2006, Scott Speed became the first American driver in Formula One since Michael Andretti ran with McLaren 13 years earlier. After that, he went to NASCAR and is now in Global Rallycross. On the side, he'd run a lot of iRacing. But now some unsportsmanlike conduct, Speed has been suspended from the video game racing series.
As first reported by , Speed was given a suspension from the popular sim racing game after he was caught on a livestream intentionally trying to wreck a competitor in a race.
Of course, there's more to the story than just Scott Speed trying to wreck a fellow racer. At the beginning of the race, Speed and sim racer Jake Hewlett tangled, with Speed spinning into the grass. That resulted in Speed trying to wreck Hewlett for much of the rest of the race. He doesn't come off looking great.
Of course, this is iRacing. Even if it is way more serious than Forza or Gran Turismo (where this behavior runs rampant), it's still a video game.
Even if iRacing has partnerships with race series like Global Rallycross (Speed helped iRacing with its GRC series), an expensive entry cost, and a serious base of sim racers, emotions getting the best of a driver don't result in physical repercussions for wrecking a fellow racer. You won't get hurt. Your car won't be actually damaged. Video games make people far braver than they are in real life. It also seems to make them into jerks.
This also isn't the first time Speed has been accused of intentional crashes. Take this video, for example:
Here's what Speed said to The Drive about the 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 favor. 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 apologize.
As you may be able to guess, Scott understands the penalty but also thinks it's all a bit ridiculous to complain like this about a video game. Speed has since , which seems to mean the suspension will become a self-imposed ban.