September 24, 2022

ELKHART LAKE – After 16 seasons in NASCAR, including the last 13 in the inaugural 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, on the road courses of Circuit of the Americas, where he finished 11th, and Watkins Glen, where he finished eighth. This season, Ménard has raced three times in Trans Am.

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

We met him this weekend.

Participating in a partial Trans Am season? What is 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 had a mechanical problem. Then we went to Charlotte and we won there. And here we are at Road America.