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Off Strong Run at Watkins Glen, Tim Paul Shoots for More Results

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off_strong_run_at_watkins_glen Mahopac, NY – Fresh off a pair of sixth place finishes at Watkins Glen International, driver Tim Paul and his Screaming Monkey Racing team are hoping for more success as his F2000 season extends through early October. Paul battled through tricky conditions at the Glen, including off and on rain for three straight days – and a race that started wet and ended dry for the CellMark Paper entry. 

Top Five for Tim Paul at VIR

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Mahopac, NY – Running over a half-shaft during qualifying, charging through the F2000
Championship Series field and a top-five finish on Sunday were the weekend highlights for
Tim Paul and the No. 06 Screaming Monkey Racing/GTP/CellMark Paper Van Diemen for the
season opening events at VIRginia International Raceway.
The Franklin Pierce University student arrived on Wednesday in Danville, Virginia, and VIR’s
17-turn road course for Thursday testing.
“We were fairly strong in testing,” said Paul, an AJ Foyt Racing development driver. “Thursday
testing is one of my favorite things about the F2000 Championship Series. You really get to get
back into the groove of the course and step your game up without too much pressure since the
timing and scoring is off.”
Fast forward one day, Friday featured an hour of track time, but a green race-track following
overnight rain – more lapping.
Paul was thus ready for qualifying on Saturday – after months out of the F2000 Championship-
spec car.
“I said to my father at dinner Friday night that we were going to qualifying fifth and finish
fourth. Unfortunately, on the first lap, as I took the green, I ran over debris from my good
friend Zach Craigo's car that had broken on his first lap as well, which damaged the left front
suspension sufficiently to prevent us from even completing one lap. Maybe I jinxed us Friday
night. Either way, we had a hell of a job in front of us,” Paul explained.
Three hours gave the GTP crew time to get the No. 06 car back together, and as the green flag
dropped, Paul picked off eight cars by turn three, rocketing from 26th to 18th.
“From there I passed cars as I could, and then had an absolute brawl with Dave Weitzenhof, a
multiple-time National Champion, and we came home 11th, eventually getting 10th place points
when another car was disqualified.”
Sunday would go better, no incidents in qualifying put Paul ninth on the grid with a lap of
1:56.564 and he was able to avoid first turn drama.
“I couldn't believe that the full course caution hadn't come up when we came back by on the
second lap. It looked like gridlock on the GW Bridge, but then the caution came. On the restart I
almost made it past the WISKO car in front of me, and then in turn was almost passed by the car
behind. None of these moves proved fruitful as everyone defended intelligently and aggressively,
and for the rest of the race I just tried to give Kevin Kopp as much grief as possible,” Paul
continued. “We raced incredibly closely and aggressively, and most importantly, clean, as we
have countless times together in the past, and I think we put on from where I could see, maybe
the best show in the entire grid for the remainder of the race.”
Sunday would yield a fifth place effort, Paul’s best VIR season-opening effort, and helped by
“MLP” stickers on the No. 06.
“We raced this weekend with a sticker with the initials MLP on our cars in memory of Glenn
Phillip's of GTP's late wife, Mary. I would like to dedicate the whole weekend to Glenn and the
memory of his wonderful wife,” Paul added.
The SMR team would also like to give a shout-out to AJ Foyt Racing and Takuma Sato on their
win on the Streets of Long Beach.
Next up: oval rookie orientation in the USF2000 Series, at Lucas Oil Speedway in Indianapolis,
May 10-11, before the “Night Before the 500” oval event on May 25.

DSC_0159_copy Mahopac, NY – Running over a half-shaft during qualifying, charging through the F2000Championship Series field and a top-five finish on Sunday were the weekend highlights forTim Paul and the No. 06 Screaming Monkey Racing/GTP/CellMark Paper Van Diemen for theseason opening events at VIRginia International Raceway.

The Franklin Pierce University student arrived on Wednesday in Danville, Virginia, and VIR’s17-turn road course for Thursday testing.