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2017 Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor
Speedway in late September. “I want
to kiss the bricks,” Paul beams. “It’s
Indy. We’re going to make sure
everything is perfect on the car.”
This is a lesson Paul and his father
learned the hard way – take, for
example, the 2013 Runoffs when a
simple oversight turned a fourth-place
start into massive disappointment. “In
2013, [SCCA Enterprises’] Mike Davies
was inspecting gearboxes and then
drilling a hole through the casing.
BEST OF BOTH
(ABOVE) Spec-style racing
with just enough
is what drew Paul
Schneider to FE.
Well, we didn’t re-secure our rain light
properly and, during the race, the rain
light wire got into the actuator and
I couldn’t up-shift. It was unbelievable
to spend the whole season getting
there and then have something like
that take you out.”
So, what does the future hold?
Aside from a dream of winning the
Runoffs, Paul has considered a move
to the Gen3 SRF. “Since the Gen3, I’ve
been asked to go back to Spec
Racers,” Paul says, admitting, “There
are more competitors. But I love the
open-wheel feel and everything
involved with an open-wheel car.”
No matter how this year’s Runoffs
ends, Paul wouldn’t trade his racing
journey for anything because it has
brought far more than on-track thrills.
“I have a brother and a sister, but I’m
into motorsports and so is my dad,
and we’ve bonded over that,” he says,
taking a moment to thank his dad for
the opportunities he afforded him.
“He believed in me,” he says.