Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email Three-time Global Rallycross champion Scott Speed has been sent to the iRacing sidelines.And if a recent sale of a gaming setup listed on Facebook by the former F1 and NASCAR driver is any indication, he might be out of the virtual racing business...
Three-time Global Rallycross champion Scott Speed has been sent to the iRacing sidelines.
And if a recent sale of a gaming setup listed on Facebook by the former F1 and NASCAR driver is any indication, he might be out of the virtual racing business entirely.
Speed, 35, was handed a suspension by the powers that be at iRacing — the popular online racing simulator game that attracts serious gamers and even several current and former professional racers — for intentionally crashing other cars out of races. At least two videos of Speed going after other cars during iRacing action have surfaced.
Speed does not deny that sometimes his idea of fun doesn’t match that of some other iRacing gamers.
According to The Drive, Speed issued the following statement:
“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,” he wrote. “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.”
iRacing executive producer Steve Myers confirmed the suspension to Autoweek on Saturday night but also offered additional perspective on the matter.
He said the company does not typically make user suspensions a public affair since they are paying customers bound to a thorough code of conduct agreement. In fact, he wasn’t totally comfortable with the public shaming episode that played out over the weekend.
“Look, we both know Scott enough to know just how passionate and emotional he is,” Myers said. “But I was the first one to reach out to him and let him know that I thought this was unacceptable and probably grounds for a suspension. I felt really bad because I felt like people were kicking the guy while he was down.”
As in real life, iRacing has a full-time race steward, whose job is reviewing countless replays and complaints. That steward is also responsible for doling out digital discipline when necessary. Speed’s scenario was handled with the same diligence as any of other user.
But lost in the social media banter on Saturday afternoon was the fact Speed was a contributor to the development of the widely-popular rallycross expansion of iRacing over the past several months.
“I want people to know that he is a genuinely good guy,” Myers said. “This guy gave about a year of his life to giving us whatever we needed to make rallycross product work. He didn’t get paid for any of it, but gave us access to his cars, shot videos for us and made connections with the series that we wouldn’t have had otherwise.
“Again, I don’t want to condone what he did, but I also want it known that we wouldn’t have rallycross if not for Scott Speed.”
Matt Weaver contributed to this report
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