With a trio of Le Mans 24 Hours titles to his credit, four wins in both the Sebring 12 Hours and Petit Le Mans and a Championship treble in the ALMS too it’s highly appropriate that the organisations behind the events where his greatest triumphs were claimed have today marked the announcement of his retirement.
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest:
“A great driver is retiring today. It’s obvious that Allan McNish’s absence will leave a big hole at the start of the Le Mans 24 as well as in all the FIA World Championship events. But in the big Le Mans endurance family, he will remain one of the greatest ambassadors for a branch of motor sport that he loves so much, which has given him so much and in which he has written some of the greatest chapters in its recent history.”
Scott Atherton, IMSA President and Chief Operating Officer:
“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.”