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POMONA, CA (November 8, 2016)-After a successful Kalitta Motorsports debut in Las Vegas two weeks ago, Paul Lee is ready to upset championship contenders this weekend at the Auto Club Finals. Lee posted three career best records in Las Vegas and hopes that Todd Smith and the McLeod Racing crew can continue their upswing.

Paul Lee, owner of McLeod Racing, is becoming a prominent threat to the Nitro Funny Car class in such a short time. Lee broke his personal bests with a 3.96 at 329 mph in round 1 of eliminations. The Toyota Nationals were a test weekend for the McLeod team.

“Las Vegas was our first event together as a team with Kalitta Motorsports,” says Paul Lee, veteran Funny Car pilot. “If last weekend was an indicator of how well this team is going to work together, then I see no problems coming into Pomona. Vegas acted like a test run for us and now we are ready to lay down some good numbers and to upset some Championship contenders on Sunday.”

Lee and the McLeod Racing crew made consistent 3.90s in 3 of 5 runs down the track in Las Vegas. The crew is molding together to become a Championship car in the 2017.

This weekend, Justin’s Performance Center is the McLeod Racing’s Dealer of the Race. Throughout the weekend until Monday (11/21) customers will receive a 20% discount off all McLeod products when purchased through Justin’s Performance Center website (jpcracing.com).

To follow all the action from this weekend check out the McLeod Racing and Paul Lee Racing social media sites for event coverage. Fox Sports 1 will have coverage through out the weekend including live final rounds on Sunday November 13th at 4 pm ET.  

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Paul Lee, driver of the McLeod Racing Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.580 sec. at 185.72 MPH
Q2: 3.986 sec. at 312.13 MPH
Q3: 3.994 sec. at 322.04 MPH
Q4: 4.248 sec. at 217.14 MPH

Starting Position: 13th
First Round Matchup: Ron Capps
Notes: The 3.986 elapsed time and the 322.04 MPH are new career-bests for Lee.

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LAS VEGAS, NV (10/24/16)- Paul Lee will be debuting his McLeod Racing Kalitta Motorsports Nitro Funny Car this weekend at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Lee, president of McLeod Racing, will be making his first 2016 appearance on the National Hot Rod Association tour.

Lee has been working closely with Jim Oberhofer, president of Kalitta Motorsports, to create a dynamic Funny Car addition to the Kalitta stable. The original debut weekend was to be the Dodge Nationals in Maple Grove, but delays from completion of a new trailer inhibited the team to compete. Todd Smith, crew chief for the McLeod Racing team, and crew are now ready to make their first pass this Friday afternoon.

“This has been a long time coming, but the results are definitely going to be worth the wait,” says Paul Lee. “I’m eager and anxious to start this new chapter in my racing career. Racing with Kalitta’s is like racing with the cream of the crop. Kalitta upholds a strong reputation in the drag racing community and I am honored to be apart with their family. The McLeod Racing Funny Car is ready to show NHRA and the fans that we are ready to become a top team.”

The former DHL Funny Car chassis has recently been front-halved and is overseen by Todd Smith. Smith will be working with Jim Oberhofer and Nicky Boninfante Jr on the new Funny Car addition to Team Kalitta.

“From the moment I arrived at Kalitta Motorsports after the Indianapolis race to the time the truck left for Las Vegas, the amount of work put in by myself, my crew and the entire Kalitta Motorsports organization has been nothing short of incredible,” says crew chief Todd Smith. “Getting this team up and running and ready to race the final 2 races of the season are absolutely critical to having a good start for the 2017 season.”

Paul Lee was last seen on the NHRA track at the 2015 NHRA World Finals when he was piloting the Worsham family car, tuned by Chuck and Del Worsham. This has been the longest period that Lee has not raced in NHRA drag racing, but he will compete in the last two events including the World Finals in Pomona, CA.

Contact:

Krista Baldwin
PR for Paul Lee Racing
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Funny Car racer Paul Lee, who will make his season debut at the Toyota NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas as part of the Kalitta Motorsports team, visited the Wally Parks NHRA Studio where Amanda Busick spoke with him about his new team and his plans for the future.

Lee will campaign the McLeod Clutches Toyota Camry Funny Car for Kalitta Motorsports for the last two events on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Veteran Todd Smith will be tuning the car.

Lee, who resides in Orange County, Calif., is the president of McLeod Racing LLC, a global leader in automotive and clutch driveline technology. He will own the equipment, but it will be run out of the Kalitta Motorsports Ypsilanti, Mich.-based shop.

Lee began drag racing at age 18 in his home state of New Jersey. Lee drove Top Alcohol Funny Cars from 1988 until 2005 and won three NHRA national event titles and one divisional race. Lee stepped up to nitro Funny Cars in 2005 and has run as quick as 4.007 at nearly 318 mph.

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