The Dumfries-born driver received the award for his "exceptional endeavour in motorsport", which includes two 24-hour Le Mans victories.
The 39-year-old Audi ace joins a long and prestigious list of recipients of the award - named in honour of the world land and water speed record holder Sir Henry Segrave.
It is presented annually to a British subject for "outstanding achievements in transport on land, water or in the air".
McNish said: "When I look at the achievements of Sir Henry Segrave himself, he epitomises the spirit of adventure and all the qualities that any racing driver would love to have.
"Add to that the list of people - such as Malcolm Campbell, Jackie Stewart, Barry Sheene and a host others on two and four wheels on land, sea and air - who have been presented with this award, and it really is a who's who of sport and adventure.
"I'm very honoured that my name has been added to that list - especially after a long career and a fantastic 2008 season."
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jul 17, 2009|
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