Paul Menard Discusses NASCAR, Trans Am After Cup Series Retirement


Former NASCAR driver Paul Menard made his third Trans Am start of the season Saturday at Road America, where he finished second.  The Eau Claire native won his previous start in Charlotte.

ELKHART LAKE – After 16 seasons in NASCAR, the last 13 of them in the Premier Cup Series, Paul Menard retired at the end of the 2019 season.

Since then, the Eau Claire native, winner of the 2011 Brickyard 400, has only made brief appearances on the racing scene.

Last year, that involved two Camping World Truck Series races, at the Circuit of the Americas road courses, where he finished 11th, and Watkins Glen, where he finished eighth. This season, Menard has raced three times in Trans Am.


The most recent event, and likely the last for 2022, came Saturday at Road America, where he finished second to Kaz Grala in the 100-mile Trans Am Series race that ended in rain. Menard scored one of his three Xfinity Series races at the 4-mile track in 2015.

We met with him over the weekend.

Are you competing in a partial Trans Am season? What’s the plan?

This is my third race with Showtime Motorsports. (Businessman/racer/car collector) Ken Thwaits owns the team. We did Sebring and we were very fast there and we had a mechanical problem. Then we went to Charlotte and we won there. And here we are at Road America.