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Paul Lee

Race Recap: Lee returned to the McLeod Racing Toyota for Team Kalitta after an awesome debut in Las Vegas. However, Lee, crew chief Todd Smith and the McLeod Racing team was not about to be outdone. The team scored four straight three-second passes in qualifying to solidly qualify 11th in the quickest Funny Car field in NHRA history. In his first round matchup with Robert Hight, Lee was prepared, recording the top reaction time of the round, but encountered tire smoke down track giving the round win to Hight.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 11 (3.935 sec., 305.36 mph)

  • E1: Lee defeated by Hight - 4.460 sec., 195.28 mph to 3.929 sec., 326.40 mph

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Paul Lee

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

Q1: 3.935 sec. at 305.36 MPH
Q2: 3.950 sec. at 324.83 MPH
Q3: 3.973 sec. at 316.82 MPH
Q4: 3.941 sec. at 320.89 MPH

Starting Position: 11th
First Round Matchup: Robert Hight
Note: The 3.935 elapsed time is a new career-best for Lee.

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#NHRAonFOX Telecast information:
11/13 Qualifying (FS1) - 11:30am - 12:30pm
11/13 Race (FS1) - 4:00pm - 7:00pm - LIVE

All times are EST.

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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.  

Paul Lee

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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