Tristan Jung

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Tristan Jung
Nationality Flag of the United States svg.png American
Born 12 March 1977
New York, New York State
Former Teams Trueba Racing Team
Races 22 (11 starts)
Championships 0
Victories 0
Podiums 0
Points 4
Pole Positions 0
Fastest Laps 0
First Race 2012 F1RWRS Bavarian Grand Prix
First Victory N/A
Last Victory N/A
Last Race 2013 F1RWRS French Grand Prix
Best Finish 27th (2012)


Tristan Jung, (born March 12th, 1977 in New York, New York) is a Korean-American racing driver who participated in the Formula 1 Rejects World Race Series. After joining the sport in 2012 for Trueba Racing Team, Jung began his career with a brilliant fifth at the 2012 Bavarian Grand Prix. However, things went downhill from there, and he did not score a point for the remainder of his career. He is also notable for being implicated in a money laundering scandal, which forced Jung out of the sport during the 2013 F1RWRS Season. Jung was also charged with a federal indictment, giving him the the ignominious distinction of being the only F1RWRS driver to be indicted by a grand jury although he was later acquitted. Jung is also the current president of the F1RGP2C, a job he took after his acquittal.

History

Before F1RWRS

Tristan Jung began his racing career in local karting series in and around New York State. After great success, Jung was encouraged to race in junior oval racing. After even more success, Jung joined Skip Barber Racing School and continued his racing career. A diehard racing fan, Jung decided to continue his career in the US F2000 National Championship. He won the championship in 1994 and moved to the Champ Car Atlantic series. After acquitting himself well, Jung moved to Europe where he briefly competed in F3000 before joining the F1 Challenge Championship in 1997. After the series folded in 1999, he moved back to America to drive in CART. He spent ten years in CART/IRL before quitting at the end of the 2009 season. He won the Superleague Formula championship in 2010 but left for Auto GP in 2011. In 2012, he took a drive at Trueba Racing Team.

F1RWRS

Jung joined F1RWRS at the beginning of the 2012 F1RWRS season for Trueba Racing Team, then headed by Giovanni Roda. Jung handily outperformed Roda throughout the entire season; Jung had only five DNPQ's compared to Roda's ten. Jung's only points of his career so far came in his first race in which he scored a 5th place after a stunning drive through the rain at the Norising. This Mark Webber-esque performance put him in the limelight, but Jung was unable to find a new drive for the 2013 season, leaving him down in the dumps with Trueba. During the first part of the 2013 season, Trueba was unable to get past pre-qualifying, leaving Jung on the sidelines. Jung then announced that Trueba Racing Team and American Racing Conglomerate were to merge at the end of the 2013 season. However, Giovanni Roda (owner of Trueba) chose to block the deal, leaving Jung between a rock and a hard place, the hard place being a prison cell. After reporting by 60 Minutes, Jung was revealed to have been involved with a money laundering scandal involving a consortium of music pirating companies and several high-ranking officials of both American Racing Conglomerate and Trueba. Jung then fled to Bangladesh, vacating his seat (which was later filled in by James Davies), and was on the run for several days before he was caught by FBI agents. Jung's F1RWRS career was over, however, Jung continued to protest his innocence (claiming he fled because of a planned holiday to get away from the press) and subsequently pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Acquittal

Six months after the charges were brought up, the case was thrown out of court by the judge handling the case on grounds of insufficient evidence. Charges still remain against the executives of ARC and Trueba. Several F1RWRS teams have already expressed interest in Jung's services, although this came to nothing currently. By 2014 Jung was also supposed to take a drive in the F1 Rejects Three-Wheel Extravaganza, driving for Kappa Catfish Racing, a subsidiary division of Jung's new motor racing company, Jung GP, only for the series to be cancelled; instead, he was signed up by Castrol Jones Racing for their Rejects of LFS team. However, he only scored one point during the whole season, and when he failed to raise enough sponsorship to justify his place at the team, manager Sammy Jones replaced him with Connor O'Heagan for the 2015 season.

F1RGP2C Presidency

Through time-travel technology pioneered by Dr. Francesca Rimmer, Jung was able to return to 1994 and become the president of the F1RGP2C. He was joined by several other time-travelers, including Douglas Mann and Ben Fleet. Jung went through the first year of his presidency without incident was reelected by an unanimous margin to a second term, this time for three years. However, the 1995 F1RGP2C season was fraught with controversy. Jung did not stay away from contentious issues and pursued his agenda with great aplomb. When lapped cars got in the way of the leaders, he was quick to fine, disqualify or suspend the offending drivers. He also played a part in the fiasco that surrounded the 1995 F1RGP2C Pacific Grand Prix when he rashly responded to a proposed drivers boycott. Jung suggested to replace the regular drivers who wouldn't compete with Formula Nippon drivers (who were many miles away at Suzuka, having their own race) and banning the teams who did not comply. Jung was lambasted in the media and he apologized for his ridiculous proposal. Later, he participated in the 1995 Duel in the Desert at Phoenix but he was knocked off the track by Kazuhiko Takagi while running in fifth place.

The 1996 F1RGP2C season was the most successful season yet in Jung's presidency. He managed to stay out of any contentious issues and revived the old points system for on-track infractions introduced in the 1950 A1 Grand Prix season. Jung also campaigned for greater safety reforms after serious injuries to James Davies and Robert Anderson. Overall, the season was a great success and Jung was kept as president for 1997, but he resigned at the end of the year.

Return to Rejects of LFS

Back in 2015, Jung signed a one-year deal with Tarantino Autosport to drive in the 2015 Rejects of LFS season. The team ran a one-car outfit for their first season. Tarantino signed contracts with Dunlop and Judd for tyres and engines, respectively. Jung's first round for Tarantino went over well. He finished in fifth during the first heat, allowing him to compete in the feature race where he finished in sixth. Jung was less impressive in round 2 at Westhill although he did scrape another point by setting the fastest lap in his heat. He failed to make it into qualifying for the feature. Jung's finest moment of his RoLFS campaign came in the first heat at Fern Bay when he finished in second. He finished in fifteenth in the feature. However, in South City, Jung was injured in a horrendous accident during the feature race which took him out of the Aston race. Jung was replaced by Collin Pratchett. Jung returned for Kyoto and made it into the feature race with a seventh place finish in Heat 1.

Unfortunately, Jung was involved in a tragic accident on Lap 22 of the feature. Nobushige Fukuda had spun off earlier and when he reentered the circuit, Jung collided with Fukuda. Fukuda, through a physical anomaly, was pitched into an endless series of barrel rolls. Fukuda was deposited in the center of the circuit. Tanner Jason collided with Fukuda's stricken car and the Japanese driver went sent flying into the air for a second time. Fukuda was pronounced dead at the hospital, although it is likely that he died upon impact with Jung's car. Jung and Jason were both handed major bans and fined for their role in the accident. Jason was banned indefinitely and both drivers' reject licenses were revoked (although Jung's had expired at the beginning of 2015). Both drivers were disqualified from the standings. Jung later appealed this decision, and his RoLFS ban was shortened to just one year. Tarantino Autosport's position in the Constructors' Championship was also reinstated on appeal. Jung was replaced by Collin Pratchett.

Jung had also signed a contract with MasterCard Lola to drive in the F1RICS for 2016. Lola dismantled Jung's contract and paid whatever money they owed to Jung. Once again, Pratchett was brought in to sub for Jung and Collin signed a contract to take Jung's seat just one week later.

Complete F1RWRS Results

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Pts
2012 Trueba Racing Team BAV
5
SAX
12
GER
DNPQ
LUX
Ret
BEL
DNPQ
NED
11
GBR
DNPQ
KEN
17
ENG
15
TAS
Ret
SUR
17
NSW
13
AUS
DNPQ
CHN
16
USA
DNPQ
500
21
27th 4
2013 Trueba Racing Team TAS
DNPQ
AUS
DNPQ
MEX
DNPQ
USA
DNPQ
MON
DNPQ
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
GER
NED
BEL
POR
MED
MAC
CHN
JPN
BRA
=25th 0

Complete Rejects of LFS Results

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 DC Pts
2014 Jones Racing Scaven S11B Judd 3.0 V8 BLA
FEA
11
BLA
SPR
12
SOU
FEA
6
SOU
SPR
8
FER
FEA
10
FER
SPR
6
KYO
FEA
15
KYO
SPR
19
WES
FEA
11
WES
SPR
5
AST
FEA
12
AST
SPR
9
22nd 1
2015 Tarantino Autosport Scaven S15 Judd 3.0 V8 BLA
HEA
5
BLA
FEA
6
WES
HEA
13
WES
FEA
DNQ
FER
HEA
2
FER
FEA
7
SOU
HEA
SOU
FEA
AST
HEA
AST
FEA
KYO
HEA
KYO
FEA
KYO
300
15* 5*

Career Summary

Year Series Team Position
1993 Greater New York Karting Association Independent 7th
1994 US F2000 National Championship Jung GP 1st
1995 Formula Atlantic Della Penna Motorsports 3rd
1996 F3000 Pacific 10th
1997 F1CC Minardi 23rd
1998 F1CC Prost 16th
1999 F1CC (folded) Prost -
2000 CART Forsythe Racing 14th
2001 CART Forsythe Racing 10th
2002 CART Team Player's 5th
2003 CART Team Player's 4th
2004 Champ Car Forsythe Racing 3rd
2005 Champ Car Forsythe Racing 6th
2006 Champ Car Conquest Racing 10th
2007 Champ Car Conquest Racing 15th
2008 IndyCar Conquest Racing 22nd
2009 IndyCar Conquest Racing 22nd
2010 Superleague Formula Anderlecht 1st
2011 Auto GP Durango 9th
2012 F1RWRS Trueba Racing Team 27th
2013 F1RWRS Trueba Racing Team 30th
2014 Rejects of LFS Castrol Jones Racing 22nd
2015 Rejects of LFS Tarantino Autosport DSQ