Hooniverse Asks Bonus: Does Drissi Deserve a Ban?

Worst driver of the year nominations are in. Drum roll, please!
No, not really.
What you’re going to see here, though, is quite possibly the lamest excuse for race driving I have ever seen. There are probably dozens of devious drivers in professional series across the world today (Maldonado immediately comes to mind), but when it comes to outright vengeful driving, what Tomy Drissi did at Mid-Ohio takes the cake.
The guy didn’t exactly do himself any favors with this quote:

“It’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy,” Drissi said of the clashes with Ruman. “I said earlier in the show that if someone does me wrong, they’re not going to finish the race.”

Watch the whole thing for yourself and decide.

The racing world has just lost Justin Wilson, one of the best drivers in the world to a freak accident. I’m not saying Drissi’s driving is dangerous, but there’s no place for road rage in modern racing.
Trans Am racing is known for its fast, hard, close quarters racing, where drivers sometimes lean on each other a little, without crossing that line. Shame on Drissi for driving like an idiot, and shame on him for admitting that he wrecks people who “wrong” him.
To end on a lighter note, someone made a nice tribute to Drissi after yet another wreck at Mid-Ohio. Godspeed, Tomy. See you in the great penalty box in the sky.

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  1. Bradley Brownell Avatar
    Bradley Brownell

    210% yes.
    Racecars are dangerous enough without thoughtless morons like him using a 2500 pound death machine to exact vengeance.
    I’ll be happy if I never see him in the paddock again. Lifetime ban would be too little.

    1. mve Avatar

      But, Straight Outta Compton, or something.

      1. wunno sev Avatar
        wunno sev

        here’s a little somethin’ bout a driver like me
        never shoulda been let out the autocross leagues
        tommy drissi would like to say
        that i’m a terrible sportsman from around the way

        1. CraigSu Avatar

          Thanks to your impromptu ditty I now have “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” stuck in my head. Well and subtly played.

          1. wunno sev Avatar
            wunno sev

            it was a take on NWA’s Gangsta Gangsta, because Straight Outta Compton
            thanks to your own comment, i’m watching Beverly Hillbillies on youtube and it’s funnier than i expected it to be
            hurrah for cultural exchange!

          2. JayP Avatar


          3. CraigSu Avatar

            That’s both frightening and astonishing at the same time. I’m clearly older than you since I grew up watching shows like The Beverly Hillbillies and Gilligan’s Island when I got home from elementary school.

          4. wunno sev Avatar
            wunno sev

            what did i watch? i watched dragonball z when i got home in time for it, which was tuesdays. i’m gonna be real with you: the cultural exchange does not need to extend into dragonball z, because that show has not stood the test of time.

  2. fede Avatar

    I’m sure he deserves a ban, but not just from racing. That kind of attitude shouldn’t be celebrated (or allowed) in any sport.

  3. ptschett Avatar

    So by Drissi’s standard, eventual race-winner Fix would have been totally justified to wreck Drissi on account of Drissi’s stupidity in the esses during the local yellow at 14:30? Live by the sword, die by the sword…

  4. JayP Avatar

    I wouldn’t let him mow my fvcking yard.
    He’s a chrome plated dildo.

  5. Eric Rucker Avatar

    Looks like he got the maximum ban under the rules – 1 year: http://gotransam.com/news/index.cfm?cid=63552