DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Dec. 17, 2013) – The following is a statement from Scott Atherton, IMSA President and Chief Operating Officer, on the retirement of legendary sports car endurance driver Allan McNish:
(L to R): Loic Duval, with Allan McNish, and Tom Kristensen, Audi Motorsport
It is hard to put into words the appreciation we all have for the career Allan has had and the role he played in the development of the American Le Mans Series. Allan was one of the first star drivers to emerge and while he had many co-driver partners over the years, he was in a category all his own. He was the benchmark example of a rare combination; exceptionally fast and competitive behind the wheel, but also articulate and approachable out of the cockpit. He was our go-to guy for many years and we all owe him our appreciation and applause for all he did to build the sport of endurance sports car racing in North America.
His decision to retire at the pinnacle of his prototype driving career is a perfect reflection of the man – and how he operates. He has left us all with full career of racing memories and I am confident he will now go on to achieve similar results as he pursues new career opportunities.
On behalf of all of us at IMSA and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, congratulations, Allan, and thanks for so many great memories.