Tommy Byrne (racing driver)
6 May 1958 |
Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Entries||5 (2 starts)|
|First entry||1982 German Grand Prix|
|Last entry||1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix|
Thomas Byrne (born 6 May 1958 in Drogheda, but grew up outside Dundalk  County Louth) is a former racing driver from Ireland. He participated in five Formula One Grands Prix in 1982 with the backmarker Theodore team, but he failed to finish in any of them and scored no Formula One championship points.
After performing well in the Irish Formula Ford Championship in 1981, Byrne won the 1982 British Formula 3 Championship even though he missed some races while he competed in Formula One. At that time, he also tested a McLaren MP4/1 Formula One car in October 1982 against Marlboro-backed Spirit Racing's European F2 drivers like Stefan Johansson and Thierry Boutsen. After a brief return to Formula Three in 1983, Byrne moved to the United States and began racing in the American Racing Series in 1986, where he won ten races in 55 starts, both second place in the series record books. He also was the championship runner-up in 1988 and 1989. He raced in the series until 1992 and then retired. Despite his extended career in the States, Byrne never made a Champ Car start. He currently lives in Florida, and teaches Honda Teen/Adult Defensive Driving, Advanced Defensive Driving, Acura High Performance and Acura Advanced Performance Driving during the race season at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. He is also a driver coach for Indy Lights team Brian Stewart Racing.
He co-authored a book with Mark Hughes which was released in the UK on 8 August 2008, titled Crashed and Byrned: The Greatest Racing Driver You Never Saw. The book won the William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year for 2009.
Complete Formula One results
|1982||Theodore Racing Team||Theodore TY02||Cosworth V8||RSA||BRA||USW||SMR||BEL||MON||DET||CAN||NED||GBR||FRA||GER
- O'Rourke, Steve. "'Better than Senna' - Tommy Byrne was the greatest racing driver you've probably never heard of". the42.ie. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
- "Crash and Burn review: Tommy Byrne - Far beyond driven". irishtimes.com. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
- The Greatest Racing Driver You Never Saw: excerpt from Tommy Byrne's book
- Review of Crashed and Byrned archive at Wayback Machine
|Awards and achievements|
National Racing Driver of the Year
|Formula Ford Festival Winner
|British Formula 3 Champion