Former F1 and NASCAR Driver Scott Speed Suspended From iRacing For Intentionally Ramming Into Other Players

Speedy Speed Boy is a rammer

American professional driver Scott Speed, who formerly competed in Formula One and NASCAR, has been officially suspended from playing the hardcore sim racer iRacing.

iRacing is not only a very realistic sim racer when it comes to its driving physics, it also has a strict code of conduct to enforce players to drive clean and professionally. Players can only use real names when racing and there is a safety rating that indicates how clean you are on the track and affects matchmaking. GT Sport’s Sportsmanship Rating, which also resulted in mostly clean races at the highest ranks, is heavily influenced by this.

As for Scott Speed, he was caught on stream to be intentionally ramming other players. The folks at The Drive has a collection of evidence caught by the iRacing community of Speed’s intentional ramming shenanigans.

Speed himself has confirmed that he is indeed suspended from playing the subscription-based game. Here’s his statement of the matter:

“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.”

Speed has since sold his racing simulator setup on Facebook.

Even if it’s a game, there are a growing community of players who seek out, and pay for, the experience of clean races in games like these. Having pro drivers using the service shows how great the sim racer is, but pro driver or not, rules are rules, and it’s good to see iRacing willing to enforce it.

There’s still a game for all the rammers, it’s called Forza Motorsport 7.

Source: The Drive

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