The subscription racing sim iRacing has suspended professional race car driver, Scott Speed, from playing their game. Speed, who gained fame in 2005 for becoming the first American to race full-time in Formula 1 since Michael Andretti left the circuit in 1993, has been a fixture of the iRacing community for years. While originally a positive influence on the virtual racing scene, (even consulting for the developers on the sim) Speed had gained a reputation in recent months as a bad online opponent. Multiple accusations with video evidence emerged showing Speed purposefully crashing into other cars. A big no-no for the serious sim racing crowd. Although Scott accepted the punishment, he did make a distinction between the real world and the virtual.
“This is not real life, it’s a game. The penalty for my action if protested against, is a suspension, which I accept 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.”
Afterwards, Scott Speed announced his intention to sell his gaming gear and return to professional racing. The digital tracks of iRacing are safe once again!