Road Atlanta MX5 Cup Season Finale Was a Hard One

Sorry everyone for the delay in posts. The season finale at Road Atlanta did not go to plan.

At all.

When I arrived in Atlanta I did so with something like food poisoning, missing the first day of Testing. I was miserable in bed (and running to the bathroom) with the heat blasting. It wasn’t the ideal start to the weekend. I figured at that point we were off to a rough start, but feeling well enough to practice on day 2 things were looking up.

Tim Paul Onboard Road America

Onboard of Road America Race 1 of the 2015 Mazda MX5 Cup Presented by Battery Tender. We had the beat car, unfortunately the race was ended about 20 minutes early because of lengthy caution periods.

Watkins Glen was Pretty Flippin’ Sweet

Watkins Glen was pretty flippinThe weather on Saturday morning, was, by my estimation, pretty good. We were handed an awkward drying track situation, with overnight rain wetting most of the track pretty well. I just went out and looked for grip, and pushed it as far as I could. I had one long lazy slide in the carousel where I almost stalled the car as it came to a (almost) rest, but other than that we didn’t put a wheel wrong all weekend, and took home the pole on Saturday by a full second and a half. I couldn’t be happier. Glenn and Kevin and Mike and Matt and Jim all just did an amazing job, especially when you take into account that I haven’t driven the car since last October and it did not go through an off-season rebuild process.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Mazda Raceway Laguna SecaRace 1

We had been fighting understeer all weekend. I qualified 10th and finished 10th. There wasn’t much drama, although at the mid-point, myself and teammate Devin Jones (started 9th) managed to make our way to the middle of the top 10. The cars went away and we fell back by the end, Devin ending up with a 9th and me in 10th, exactly where we started.

NOLA, and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

NOLA, and Mazda Raceway Laguna SecaNOLA was an exciting weekend. We had variable, dynamic weather which is my favorite driving condition. Trying to decide and gamble before a race on whether to wing it on slicks or play it safe on wets is my favorite. I love to roll the dice like that. Big risk big reward is my favorite situation in life.

We had a great car all weekend in New Orleans…

Sebring Race 1 Highlights

Ride along on Tim Paul’s MX-5 Alara Racing entry at Sebring for round 1.

In Tim’s Words: MX-5 at Sebring

Sebring started off pretty well. We secured front row starting spots for both races in qualifying, and even nabbed pole for race 2. This is a first for me, so that was pretty big and exciting. Unfortunately I raced like garbage and we didn’t get the results we should have. To be very honest, we should have walked away with both races. I set fastest lap of the weekend in race 1, and that was another first. By the end of the weekend, only one person had managed to come in the segment with me, and they were still two tenths of a second behind me.

Throwing around an MX5 Cup car. POWER OVERSTEER RAIN SESSION

For intro text if you need it: Stop. Drive sideways! Tim Paul, testing the #6 ALARA RACING MX-5 CUP car in the rain. Just having fun in private testing with the team! Big slides, big fun!

A look back at 2014: A Year in Reflection

2014 was an awesome year for me. Both of my team’s, the guys at GTP for Screaming Monkey Racing’s F2000 Championship Series run and ALARA Racing for our mx5 debut really stepped up and made it a year to remember. We did more preseason testing than I have ever done, starting in December right up until the season openers in March, and it really paid off.

Before I talk about my driving experience I want to talk about the teams. Running a race team at all, never mind at the level we are competing with not one but TWO SCCA PRO level series is a feat in itself, and to have the solid foundation that I do in the ALARA Racing team and my friends at GTP really makes getting into the car and going fast worlds easier.

Brutal Fourth Place Fight on Streets of Houston

Brutal Fourth Place Fight on Streets of HoustonMahopac, NY – Tim Paul put in a recovery drive on the Streets of Houston in the SCCA Pro Racing MX-5 Cup, on Sunday, June 29, charging through the field from a low of 13th place to finish a season-best fourth in a hot and humid race with a very-wounded ALARA Racing CellMark Paper No. 6.

Skipping over Paul’s F2000 VIR weekend in June, which ended abruptly with a car problem during testing, the Screaming Monkey Racing CellMark Paper team hoped to turn their luck around for a hot summer weekend in Texas.

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