She’s back on the racing track

2016-02-18 06:00
;Tracy McKay returned to stock car racing after an absence of 18 years.              Photo: SUPPLIED

;Tracy McKay returned to stock car racing after an absence of 18 years. Photo: SUPPLIED

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“Well, they say that once racing is in your blood you never get rid of the bug.”

With these words, Tracy Bandey McKay announced her come-back to the circut after an absence of 18 years.

“I have always yearned to get back in the seat, but work commitments, raising a beautiful little girl as a single mother, and life in general has made it impossible,” said McKay.

“But, now my little girl is almost a teenager, and I have a wonderful new man in my life. And with his help, my father decided it’s time to build a new car.”

With the assistance of a silent partner, McKay bought a Mini and it has been made race-ready (although it is still street legal). She managed to gain the support of her former sponsors as well as new sponsors.

“My hero has always been Ayrton Senna. I have always admired his ethics, morals and attitude towards motorsport. He was a legend.

“Locally, my mentor has always been Ben Morgenrood. He taught me never to take anything for granted, the meaning of sportsmanship, and to always remember to have fun. He said, ‘If you’re not having fun on the black stuff, what is the point?’”

So, this time around McKay is just racing for fun.

“I don’t intend to take any race too seriouslt. I just want to enjoy it. But if any of the guys get in my way, I will do my utmost best to get past them,” said McKay.

McKay will race in the Regional Historics Championship. She used to race Clubman Saloons from 1992 to 1997.

  • McKay will be seen in action at Aldo Scribante on Saturday in the Dunlop Historic & Classic Saloons category in her 1983 Mini.

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