Paul Plemenos and his 2006 Corvette Z06 readies for national championship in Utah
If you want proof of the value of schooling, then you might want to talk to Paul Plemenos.
Six years ago, at the age of 38, he bought a stock 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and, despite having no formal racing experience, decided he wanted to race his new sports car.
That’s when he decided to learn from the pros, taking his Z06 to the Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving in Phoenix, Ariz., where he took to racing immediately.
“Every instructor I’ve ever had said I’m a natural,” Plemenos says.
He has definitely been a prize pupil for the school ever since, recently qualifying for the 8th Annual NASA National Championship set Sept. 4-8 at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Plemenos recently took a couple of first-place finishes at the National Auto Sport Association’s northeast regional event at Pocono Raceway’s 2.6.-mile road course to open up a huge 60-point lead over his closest competitor in the Super Touring 1 class.
“What you hope from here is to finish out the season strongly,” Plemenos said.
Plemenos enjoyed a great first season last year, earning Rookie of the Year honors, and he’s already setting his sights even higher.
If he can finish among the leaders in the championship race in September, he says the “next logical step” would be to compete in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS).
That would put him up against the best road-course racers in the world, with the merging of ALMS and the Rolex Series in 2014.
When he’s not on the track, Plemenos works for Merrill Lynch in Sparta, N.J. The firm, where he is a financial advisor, has sponsored his racing activities, along with Racing Brake Performance Brakes.
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