Allan McNish steps away from racing as a champion

Allan McNish celebrates after winning the Le Mans 24-hour race earlier this year. (Stephane...

Allan McNish celebrates after winning the Le Mans 24-hour race earlier this year. (Stephane Mahe/Reuters)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:56 PM ET

And another one bites the dust.

In my time covering motorsports there has been only a few athletes who have impressed me as much as a person as a race car driver and Scotland’s Allan McNish was one of them.

The three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner announced Tuesday he is retiring as an active driver and I can tell you the sport will be the poorer for it.

McNish, in all my dealings with him, was always the consumate professional — even the one time when he lectured me on why then Toronto FC manager Moe Johnston was the devil incarnate.

You see, other than racing in the world’s most powerful sports cars, McNish was also a passionate Glasgow Celtic supporter and he never forgave Johnston for changing sides at the Old Firm to play for the hated Glasgow Rangers.

In his own right, McNish became one of the world’s top Prototype drivers for Audi while also spending a year in Formula 1 driving for Toyota.


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