MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Tim Paul will be doubling up in 2014 by racing in both the F2000 Championship Series and the SCCA Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup.
Sponsored by CellMark Paper, Paul will be back in his Van Diemen for GTP Motorsports/Screaming Monkey Racing for his fifth F2000 season. When he isn’t racing in the F2000 Championship, he will strap into an ALARA Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup car. He plans to race the full scheduled in both divisions.
Paul debuted in F2000 with sponsor CellMark Paper running for Screaming Monkey Racing in 2010. He picked up speed in 2011, notching his first podium at Lime Rock (Conn.) Park. Last season, Paul split time between a USF2000 campaign alongside the F2000 Championship Series.
“Returning to the F2000 Championship full-time is going to be a lot of fun,” said Paul. “I’m expecting we will run at the front for most of the season, and have a blast doing it as we always do with F2000.
“Transitioning to sports cars is also going to be interesting, but I expect a fun challenge,” continued the 29-year-old. “The MX-5 Series is super competitive and the cars are able to be thrown around. ALARA is a Championship-winning team that wants to repeat, so I know the equipment is going to be top shelf. I can’t wait to get started; we have already done more testing than we ever have.”
All MX-5 Cup races are double-headers, starting at Sebring (Fla.) Int’l Raceway on March 12-14 and traveling to Laguna Seca, Houston, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and then two weekends to close the season at Road Atlanta.
“We are very excited about Tim joining our team for 2014. In just a short time in testing with the team, he has shown very quick progress and great potential. It’s hard to believe that he hasn’t raced sports cars before,” said Ara Malkhassian, team principal at ALARA Racing.
“Tim’s attitude and approach to racing is excellent, he has been on a mission to adapt to these cars,” said Ken Murillo, ALARA Racing technical director. “His pace has been impressive in testing. We can’t want to see him take to the track and storm to the front in the ALARA Racing No. 6 car at the season opener at Sebring”.