Hines To Step Away From Full-Time Racing

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Tracy Hines has announced he will retire from full-time racing in 2016 to join ThorSport Racing as competition director.
Tracy Hines has announced he will retire from full-time racing in 2016 to join ThorSport Racing as competition director.

NEW CASTLE, Ind. — Multi-time USAC champion Tracy Hines has announced that he will be stepping away from full-time racing following the 2015 season.

For 2016, Hines will serve as the competition director for ThorSport Racing, a championship-winning team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Ohio-based organization, which is owned by Duke and Rhonda Thorson, fields three trucks.

Hines is the 2000 USAC Silver Crown Series champion and the 2002 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series champion. He has a total of 91 USAC national series victories across the three premier divisions. He currently leads the Honda USAC National Midget Series standings with two races left in the season.

“This decision wasn’t an easy one, it took the whole summer to make, but it is time,” said Hines. “I get to take my love for racing to a great place with great people that share my passion. I look forward to this new step in our lives.

“I have been so lucky to have amazing owners, sponsors, and fans that have made my career such a blessing,” shared Hines. “They have stuck with me thru many years of ups and downs. I have gotten to do so much in our sport and are truly thankful for each and every experience. The knowledge and skills that I have gained during my years as a driver and car owner from everyone in my racing family will help me in my next chapter of my racing career.”

“We are fortunate to be able to bring someone as knowledgeable and talented as Tracy (Hines) on board at ThorSport Racing,” said Duke Thorson, owner of ThorSport Racing. “Tracy has been an integral part of our organization in the past, and we are honored to have him back at ThorSport. His experience as a driver and his knowledge of our series, and our sport, will be a valuable asset to our team. Tracy will be a liaison between our driver’s, crew chiefs, and engineers, a move that will add depth to our organization.”

Hines has 47 career AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series wins, which is third on the all-time list, behind only Dave Darland and Tom Bigelow. With the Honda USAC National Midget Series, he has 35 wins, which has him tied for seventh-best all-time. In USAC Silver Crown Series competition, Hines has nine wins, which is 12th on the all-time list. He entered this season having won at least one USAC National feature event in 19 straight years.