y motorsports journey started in
1988,” Paul Schneider tells me.
Back then, Paul’s dad, Peter, had
a friend who was in the market for a
Sports Renault. “My dad helped him put
that together and went to a few events
with him,” says Paul, describing the ball
that put into motion not only his father’s
racing journey, but also his own. As it
turns out, Paul’s motorsports adventure
has become quite the tale, standing on
the National Championship Runoffs
podium twice (with another shot just one
month away), all the while strengthening
a family bond through the love of
racing – and he’s loved every moment.
In 1991, Peter Schneider bought a
Spec Racer himself, competing at
racetracks up and down the East Coast
with young, teenage Paul in tow.
“I never thought that the SCCA was
something kids did – I thought it was
something dads did,” Paul admits of
those years – but that soon changed.
“I saw a friend of mine whose dad also
had a Spec Racer, and my friend was in
the car,” Paul remembers. “That was
pretty cool, and I thought, ‘Franklin’s
driving – I want to drive.’”
Paul attended his first Driver’s School
in 2001, sharing his father’s SRF on
race weekends. Then came the day that
changed Paul’s racing trajectory. “We
shared the car at Road Atlanta,” he says.
“When I drove, we just covered up the
last part of his first name with some tape.
And, at one point, he told me to just peel
his [first] name off the car – I did, and my
name was underneath it. That was an
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