Paul Lee Racing

From the Boardroom to the Race Track

For over 35 years, McLeod owner Paul Lee’s passion is NHRA Drag Racing. Since his first trip down the quarter mile at age 17, Paul has driven many different race cars, starting with a 15 second Plymouth Duster and then working his way down the ET ladder to his first funny car at age 30, and finally to today, where Paul frequently travels the professional NHRA circuit driving over 300 MPH in a 8,000 horsepower nitro funny car. Paul learned to drive a funny car in the late 1980s on “Nitro” Nick Boninfante’s east coast funny car circuit. “In those days, we raced nearly every weekend, sometimes 2 or 3 times in the same week.

It was a terrific learning experience for a driver racing as much as we did at nearly every track in the Northeast.” Paul’s racing goals have always been the same: to someday win an NHRA Funny Car World Championship. Paul realized long ago that if he were going reach his racing goals, he would need the proper education and business skills to both become successful in business and to better understand big corporations’ marketing goals and objectives. “Today, a successful professional driver needs to know how to market and promote a sponsor’s products or services and to show them how they will receive a measurable and tangible return on investment.”

With the importance of education as a priority, Paul graduated Summa Cum Laude (highest honors) from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, has two post-graduate degrees in business and law (MBA & JD) from Rutgers University, and is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association.  His background in finance and management gives him great skills to run McLeod but his passion for the industry is what gives him his drive. “Owning McLeod and building a team of people here that designs and builds the finest quality high performance clutch and driveline products in the automotive aftermarket is a dream come true for me. I bought my first McLeod clutch while I was in high school, and now I am the President. How cool is that!” “When you buy from McLeod you can rest assured that we would not sell you any part that I wouldn’t use in one of my own cars.