Honda’s longtime manager of motorsports communications, T.E. McHale, has passed away at the age of 68 after a battle with colon cancer.
While a key figure in the IndyCar paddock, McHale (pictured above, right with Helio Castroneves) was also ever-present in the IMSA and North American sports car racing communities, having spearheaded Acura’s motorsports PR department during its reign in the American Le Mans Series era and return under the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
McHale retired in 2020 after being offered a retirement package from the automaker amid industry-wide COVID-related staff reductions.
Having started off as a sportswriter for the Mansfield News-Journal in Ohio, McHale took a job with CART’s public relations staff before ending up at Honda in 2003, where he became one of the most well-known personalities within the industry.
Always offering a helping hand to up-and-coming and veteran drivers, McHale also extended his graciousness to the media, in what could be considered as one of the true gentlemen of the sport.
Sportscar365 extends its condolences to McHale’s family at this time.