Funny Car racer Paul Lee plans to make a big splash at the upcoming Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. He will unveil a major partnership, and accompanying special scheme with the popular Lucas Oil Slick Mist Car Care product line on Friday at the 17th stop on the 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Lee and his McLeod Racing team are growing partners both on and off the track, and both anxious to showcase a new look for the Lucas Oil Nationals.
“I’m excited to return working with and representing the Lucas Oil family this year with the NHRA Funny Car team as well as our McLeod Racing business,” said Lee, owner of McLeod Racing. “This new partnership will promote increased sales of Lucas Oil products and allows crew chief Jim Oberhofer and our team to continue a near perfect start in my return to NHRA drag racing.”
There’s more to the expanding partnership than a name on the side of a car. Lee’s McLeod brand is now a distributor of Lucas Oil products and will provide their products in conjunction with sales of transmissions and other driveline components.
“We are looking forward to a long working relationship as well as on track performance with Paul Lee and the entire team at McLeod,” said Tom Bogner, Lucas Oil Director of Motorsports. “Lucas Oil Products and McLeod Racing have many of the same goals including selling products. This year marks our 30th celebration of business and our Lucas Oil brand is stronger than ever. As two great American companies, we will continue to grow in the American Muscle aftermarket.”
The partners are energized for the future.
“All of us at Lucas Oil are eager to get to Brainerd for the launch of this partnership,” said Duane LaFleur, Lucas Oil Business Development for High Performance. “In the meetings with Paul, each party is optimistic about the future development for both NHRA drag racing and the aftermarket industry.”
The Jim Oberhofer-lead team is looking to build on their accomplishments thus far in 2019. With a 3rd qualifying position and a second-round appearance in Norwalk, Lee looks to continue improving his racing program to become a competitive force in NHRA Funny Car.
Under the umbrella of the Straightline Strategy Group (SSG), this partnership represents the future of the SSG organization. “We are thrilled to represent Paul and now establish the program with Lucas Oil,” says SSG’s Scott Gardner. “This is exactly how we planned our team concept to work.”
“Driving this funny car has been one of the best experiences in my racing career thus far,” says Lee. “I have complete trust in my team and I am confident that we will continue to rack up the round wins on Sunday. This year continues to impress with the performance of the car as well as B2B opportunities with McLeod.”
— Competition Plus (@competitionplus) January 4, 2019