A Canadian auto racing legend will receive an honorary diploma from Fanshawe College this week.
Paul Tracy will be honoured during a ceremony at the Western Fair District on Thursday.
Tracy, who is nicknamed “The Thrill from West Hill” for his connection to West Hill in the GTA, has already been inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame. He also won the 2003 CART championship, and 31 Indy car victories.
He raced in the Championship Auto Racing Teams and Verizon IndyCar Series from 1991 to 2007, starting 281 races and winning 31 times.
“Paul is a person whose life matches the very spirit Fanshawe represents,” said Fanshawe President Peter Devlin in a release on the school’s website. “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.”
Tracy was fascinated by cars from an early age, and became the youngest ever Canadian Formula Ford Champion at the age of 16. He still holds the record as the youngest winner of the single seater Can-Am series in 1986.
Tracy won the Indy Lights Championship in 1991, setting a record with nine wins. He joined the Championship Auto Racing Team (CART) circuit, and faced opponents that included Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi and Nigel Mansel.
He still holds a Super License, which is good for racing in Formula One and IndyCar, and was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2014.
Tracey currently owns and operates a custom motorcycle parts company, and provides TV colour commentary for the Verizon IndyCar Series for NBCSN.
Paul will receive his honorary Fanshawe diploma on Thursday at 10 a.m. inside the Progress Building at the Western Fair District.