Former NASCAR Driver Mark Skinner Is Leaving Amazon’s The Grand Tour For Season 2

Some of you may know him, unofficially, as the Stig’s American cousin, but Mike Skinner, The Grand Tour’s professional racing driver, has decided to part ways with the popular car show on Amazon.

The announcement was made on his official Twitter account, no more than 24 hours ago, when Skinner wrote: “FYI, I won’t be joining the guys on @thegrandtour 2nd season – I wish them all the luck. My character wasn’t developed as I was told.”

The NASCAR driver has agreed with the criticism coming from fans, who weren’t happy with the way producers decided to portray him: “I agree with many of you that it sucked – if you’re gonna wear Evil Knievel’s firesuit, you need to be Evil Flipping Knievel! Peace out.”

The 60-year old, who won 286 races over 22 years, including 52 in the NASCA Xfinity Series, added that he doesn’t “really hate the brits”, admitting that he “enjoyed some of those cars” that he “got to drive” during the show, despite the sarcastic remarks.

In the meantime, The Grand Tour will be back with Season 2, on December 8, when the first episode of the series will air. Amazon Prime has already provided a glimpse into what fans should expect, and it appears very exciting, as it will feature many exotic cars, and various races, presented by Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond.

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  • Zed68

    Well… it was awful. I hope season 2 will fix many things, because for now the new new new top gear has become good again… while Grand tour season one started with a “ok” and ended with a “meh”.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Totally! Agree! If this season is not a LOT better, I’m done. The current Top Gear is much better than recent NEW Top Gear and way better than TGT S1.

      • Trackhacker

        Agreed with both of you. Season 1 for the most part was a huge let down for me. I’m hoping they make season 2 better since from the trailer it looks more promising. If not….than I’m just going to lose interest.

    • Vassilis

      Yeah, new TG hasn’t become good again. The presenters are nowhere near as good as the old trio.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Hallelujah!!

  • john1168

    I don’t know what Mike Skinner is like in real life (he could be a really nice guy?) but I didn’t like how TGT made him such a cranky @$$hole in the show. I realize they were trying for another stig but would have been sued if they had another guy who just sat there and said nothing. So they went for something different and that was the cranky old man thing. They should have let him change over time but….

    • BGM

      It was the way his character was written. The real bad guy here is the moron who did that, creating a character so unlovable, specially after a tough act to follow like the Stig.

  • fabri99

    They sure made him hateful to viewers. He may be a nice guy, but I’m glad he’s gone. Still, The Grand Tour is still far from something I’d even remotely consider watching.

    • Six Thousand Times

      There was good and bad. Hopefully they’ve dialed up the former and squelched the latter for series 2.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Welcome news.

  • Shahul Usman

    I think they wanted the total opposite of the quiet Stig…which is a caricature of an American Nascar driver.. you know the thought that all us dumb Americans are Nascar, V8, beer swilling idiots.. Just bring in Ben Collins and let him be Ben Collins..

  • CarbonPhiber

    So glad he’s gone. I understand his awfulness may not have been all his fault, but I’m not sure there was really any way to make that guy interesting.. See ya.

  • Chris C

    Didn’t even know he was a famous driver – just thought he was a grumpy Yank – so not surprised he’s off. Concur the Ben Collins suggestion – top bloke.

    Hope they get to drive the new Tesla sports coupe – can just imagine the JC brown trouser moment.

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