Embattled NBC Sports IndyCar analyst Paul Tracy has been given a new contract that will see the 2003 Champ Car series title winner return to the booth next season.
Based on an internal investigation, the broadcasting company has sided with Tracy, who claims he was hacked and therefore not responsible for his most recent social media controversy arising from a Facebook post.
“We conducted a thorough investigation of this matter over the past two months, and given the current evidence have concluded that Paul did not write the offensive post,” said an NBC Sports spokesperson. “Per this conclusion, Paul will continue with our team for the upcoming 2019 season.”
Upon learning the news, Tracy restated his innocence and thanked NBC Sports for its decision.
“A few months ago, an offensive social media post was written in my name,” he said. I said at the time that I never wrote the post and I’m reiterating that now — I did not write it. I was the victim of some type of hack, although I’ll likely never know the culprit. It sickens me to know that my account was used for this, and my heart goes out to everyone who read it, especially those directly involved in the discussion.
“As a result of this hack, I’ve taken steps to better secure my social media accounts, and will remain diligent going forward. Since I was made aware of this issue, I have been in constant communication with NBC Sports. I’m grateful that they took their time to meet with me and determine the truth, and I’m thrilled that I will continue to work with the best broadcast team in racing. I’m now moving forward with all eyes on the 2019 season.”