My favorite track would be Sebring. It’s challenging, with every type of turn from slow-entry hairpins, to high speed corners. The course was an old airfield, so the track is a mix of asphalt and concrete, which produces many bumps that can be harsh on the car. The old saying goes, if anything will go wrong with your car, it will happen at Sebring.
I was lucky enough to go to a Formula One race in Melbourne, Australia in March 2016. I was on the edge of my seat the entire race. I love the sounds, the smells, and the speed. My business partner and friend Paul McNamara had been racing for a long time. When I came back to the States, I started inquiring about racing. I went to a couple track days with my Aston Martin, and instantly fell in love. Paul suggested I try out Skip Barber Racing School, so I registered for the next available session. It happened to be formula cars, and the single seat, open cockpit, added an even more addicting mix to the addiction. After a few Skip Barber sessions, I purchased a couple different race cars and have been having the time of my life out there.
I love that the racing community is tight, yet competitive. We will loan you a wrench to get your car running, but have no issues beating you to a turn and cutting you off to take the checker. Every time I am out there, I learn so much more about the car, and even more about myself. I feel blessed to be 40 years old and jumping into a completely new world and pushing my limits to be the best I can be.
Paul began his racing career when he went to a SCCA Driving School at Daytona in 2001. After receiving his competition license, Paul purchased a 1980 Mazda RX7 to race in the IT7 regional class of the SCCA. Paul raced numerous times at Sebring, Daytona, Moroso and Roebling Road competing in the Central Florida Region and the South Atlantic Road Racing Championship. Paul had a number of wins in the CFR and SAARC races and also added a CFR season points championship. After joining Reed Nissan in 2006, Paul knew he needed to start racing a Nissan and purchased a 1990 Nissan 240sx that races in the ITA class of the SCCA. Paul has campaigned the 240sx at Sebring and Daytona with CFR SCCA and has a number of podium finishes and is still racing it now. In 2016, SCCA announced the Runoffs would be held in 2017 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This was the first time that SCCA ever raced at Indy which is on everyone’s bucket list of tracks to race on. Paul purchased a 2004 Nissan 350z to race in the T3 class. Paul spent 2017 qualifying for the runoffs racing at Homestead, Sebring and Daytona with a number of wins and finished 15th at his first runoffs at Indy later that year. The 2018 season started with thoughts of going to that year’s runoffs at Sonoma with a majors race at Homestead and a Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour race at Sebring in January. In February, Paul went to NOLA Motorsport Park and won the T3 Class in the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour for the biggest win of his career. In April, Paul traveled to VIR for another Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour race and totaled the 350z after going off at the esses and hitting a tire wall. Fortunately Paul was not hurt, but the 350z was done. The remainder of last year was spent racing the 240sx and building a new 350z. The new 350z sporting the Nismo body kit made its debut at Homestead this year and the goal is to race at the runoffs at VIR this year.
Paul feels lucky to live in Orlando and be located so close to iconic tracks like Daytona and Sebring to race at.