Tommy Byrne

Former Theodore driver Tommy Byrne is turning 52 today!

Born in the Irish town of Drogheda, Tommy was the 1982 British F3 champion. Despite many feeling that he should have stayed in the junior formulae to hone his craft, Tommy jumped at the opportunity to join the little Theodore team for the last five races of the season, but qualified for (and retired from) just two Grands Prix starts.

Tommy ventured Stateside after his disastrous F1 foray, competing successfully in the American Racing Series until 1992.

He now runs a driver training school at the Mid-Ohio racing circuit and recently co-authored his autobiography Crashed and Byrned: The greatest Racing Driver You Never Saw in 2008, which won the William Hill Irish Book of the Year Award.

[Original image via F1 Facts]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.