On Thursday, November 3, 2016, Canadian auto racing legend Paul Tracy will add another award to his 31 Indy car victories, 2003 CART championship and Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame induction – an honorary diploma from Fanshawe College.
Nicknamed "The Thrill from West Hill" for his connection to West Hill, Toronto, Tracy raced in the Championship Auto Racing Teams and Verizon IndyCar Series from 1991 to 2007, starting 281 races and winning 31 times while establishing a reputation for speed, tenacity and excitement.
"Paul is a person whose life matches the very spirit Fanshawe represents," says Fanshawe President Peter Devlin. "Paul has always been bold, decisive and successful in his life and he continues to transform himself to this day. From race car driver to business owner and TV personality, Paul has looked for new challenges and met them with courage. We are proud to have him join the Fanshawe family."
Fascinated by cars from an early age, Tracy raced go-karts near his hometown until he was 16 when he became the youngest ever Canadian Formula Ford Champion. To this day, he holds the record as the youngest winner of the single seater Can-Am series in 1986. Following his success, Tracy rose through the racing ranks and, in 1990 won the Indy Lights Championship, setting a record with nine wins.
In 1991, Tracy joined the Championship Auto Racing Team (CART) circuit, and, over the years, raced the likes of Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi and Nigel Mansel.
Inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2014 during its 20th annual induction ceremony, Tracy still holds a Super License, which is good for racing in Formula One and IndyCar. However, today his attention is focused on Black Label Baggers, a custom motorcycle parts company he owns, and on providing TV colour commentary for the Verizon IndyCar Series for NBCSN.
Paul will receive his honorary diploma on Thursday, November 3 at 10 a.m. at the Progress Building, Western Fair District, 900 King Street, London. Additional information about the location, including directions, can be found here.
Paul Tracy racing career highlights:
- 2003 Champ Car Champion
- 2003 RACER Magazine Racer of the Year
- 2003 SPEED Most Popular Driver Award
- 2003 WorldCom Most Popular Driver Award
- 2002 WorldCom Most Popular Driver Award
- 2002 Indy 500 Runner Up
- Two-time Member of the CART All-Star Team (1999, 2000)
- Tied for the FedEx Championship Series Lead With Three Victories in 2000
- Established Track Qualifying Record of 234.949 Miles Per Hour While Winning the Pole at Michigan Speedway
The College is looking ahead to 2017 when it will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The year will be an exciting opportunity to reflect on how much it has grown since 1967 and how it will continue to have a meaningful impact on future students.
Fanshawe is one of Ontario's largest colleges. Its campuses, located in London, Simcoe, St. Thomas and Woodstock, serve close to half a million people with a promise to educate, engage, empower and excite. For nearly 50 years, Fanshawe has been helping people to unlock their potential and achieve success. The College attracts students from approximately 50 countries every year and opens up a world of possibilities through more than 200 degree, diploma and certificate programs, along with apprenticeship training.
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