Paulie Harraka

American stock car racing driver

NASCAR driver

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Paulie Harraka

Harraka at Dover International Speedway in May 2014
Born Paul Peter Harraka
(1989-09-15) September 15, 1989 (age 34)
Wayne, New Jersey
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Achievements 2008 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Champion
Awards 2009 NASCAR Camping World West Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Cup Series career
1 race run over 1 year
2013 position 75th
Best finish 75th (2013)
First race 2013 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Sonoma)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
5 races run over 4 years
2014 position 64th
Best finish 64th (2014)
First race 2010 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Montreal)
Last race 2014 Buckle Up 200 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career
11 races run over 1 year
2012 position 28th
Best finish 28th (2012)
First race 2012 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
Last race 2012 Pocono Mountains 125 (Pocono)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of May 31, 2014.

Paul Peter “Paulie” Harraka (born September 15, 1989) is an American professional stock car racing driver and entrepreneur. He is a graduate of Duke University and a former representative of NASCAR‘s Drive for Diversity program.

Personal life[edit]

Harraka was born in Wayne, New Jersey to a family of Syrian descent.[1][2] Harraka attended Wayne Valley High School from his freshman through junior years, but spent his senior year at Lake Norman High School to be closer to NASCAR team Joe Gibbs Racing, where he worked as an engineering and research and development intern.[3] During this time, Harraka lived with Kenny Francis, crew chief for Kasey Kahne.[4]

After graduating from high school with a 4.38 GPA, Harraka opted to attend Duke University, stating “I think that in the modern age of racing, knowing all aspects of the business is crucial to being successful.”[5] After beginning his studies in Mechanical Engineering, Harraka transferred to Duke’s Trinity School of Arts and Sciences, where he studied Markets and Management, Sociology, and History.[6] Harraka is one of only two NASCAR drivers with University degrees, the other being Ryan Newman.[7]

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Harraka first sat behind the wheel when he received a backyard fun kart from his family and started driving it around abandoned buildings. Harraka entered his first race on June 1, 1997, at Flemington Speedway, and despite being underage (Harraka was 7 and New Jersey law required that drivers be at least 8 years old), Harraka won.[8] In a karting career that spanned from 1997 to 2005, Harraka amassed a World Karting Association Triple Crown, the Holley Future Star Award, 13 National Championships, and 6 World Championships, and 158 total wins in go-karts. In 2005 he moved from kart to legends car racing, where he won multiple races.[9]

Harraka also won a popular karting event at Mark Dismore‘s karting facility in Indiana, the RoboPong 200 (now known as the Dan Wheldon Cup after the 2005 winner was killed in October 2011) karting event, teamed with on-sabbatical NASCAR driver Ricky Rudd.

NASCAR[edit]

Harraka qualifying at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2010

Harraka was invited to the Drive for Diversity Combine in the fall of 2006, where he impressed team owner Bill McAnally. McAnally hired Harraka to compete for his California-based team, despite Harraka still being in high school in New Jersey. Harraka traveled back and forth between New Jersey and California every weekend, and ultimately finished second in the All American Series in Roseville, California that year, winning the Rookie of the Year title. Harraka returned to the team in 2008, this time holding the duties of both driver and crew chief. The team would win 11 out of 23 races as well as the NASCAR Championship.[10]

At the end of 2008, McAnally elected to move Harraka up to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series for the final two races of the season as preparation for a full run in 2009. In the last race of the season, second race for the team, he qualified on the pole and led 40 laps.[11]

Over the next two seasons, Harraka competed full-time for McAnally, first under the NAPA Autocare banner, then with NAPA Filters sponsorship, with crew chief Duane Knorr. The team has won 3 races and has 15 top 5 finishes in 30 total races.[12] They finished 4th and 3rd in the series championship in 2009 and 2010, respectively, with Harraka winning Rookie of the Year in 2009 and Move of the Race in 2010.

Harraka took 2011 off from racing to further his studies, but did run the K&N Pro Series West race at Infineon Raceway. For 2012, Harraka competed in the Camping World Truck Series, running for Rookie of the Year driving for Wauters Motorsports.[13] Midway through the season, Harraka left Wauters Motorsports.[14]

In September 2012, Harraka drove for Go Green Racing in the Nationwide Series at Richmond International Raceway.[15] Harraka’s final NASCAR start came at Dover Motor Speedway driving for TriStar Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.[16] Harraka then retired from NASCAR to focus on business interests.

Entrepreneurship[edit]

Paulie Harraka LLC[edit]

In 2011 Harraka partnered with a group of Fortune 500 CEOs, venture capitalists, and professional sports executives as a partner to launch innovative technology platforms that challenge conventional approaches to the sport and business of NASCAR. The investor group supported Harraka’s NASCAR racing activities and entrepreneurial business ventures disruptive to NASCAR.[17] In November 2013, Harraka delivered a talk chronicling his entrepreneurial ventures at TEDxBeaconStreet in Boston, making Harraka the only NASCAR driver ever to deliver a TED presentation.[18]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 .mw-parser-output .tooltip-dotted{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}NSCC Pts Ref
2013 Go Green Racing 52 Ford DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX KAN RCH TAL DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON
39
KEN DAY NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 75th 01 [19]

Nationwide Series[edit]

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NNSC Pts Ref
2010 NEMCO Motorsports 87 Chevy DAY CAL LVS BRI NSH PHO TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT NSH KEN ROA NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV
29
ATL RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT GTY TEX PHO HOM 124th 76 [20]
2011 Randy Hill Racing 08 Ford DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX TAL NSH RCH DAR DOV IOW CLT CHI MCH ROA DAY KEN NHA NSH IRP IOW GLN CGV BRI ATL RCH
25
CHI DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO
21
HOM 130th 01 [21]
2013 Go Green Racing 79 Ford DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL
35
TEX RCH TAL DAR CHA DOV IOW MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN CHA TEX PHO HOM 85th 9 [22]
2014 TriStar Motorsports 44 Toyota DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX DAR RCH TAL IOW CLT DOV
19
MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM 64th 25 [23]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 NCWTC Pts Ref
2012 Wauters Motorsports 5 Ford DAY
19
MAR
22
CAR
26
KAN
27
CLT
30
DOV
17
TEX
28
KEN
17
IOW
33
CHI
19
POC
24
MCH BRI ATL IOW KEN LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 28th 223 [24]

1 Ineligible for series points

K&N Pro Series West[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 NKNPSWC Pts Ref
2008 Paul Harraka 04 Chevy AAS PHO CTS IOW CNS SON IRW DCS EVG MMP
26
IRW 29th 382 [25]
Bill McAnally Racing 12 Toyota AMP
8
AAS
6
2009 CTS
17
AAS
3
PHO
8
MAD
4
IOW
2
DCS
13
SON
14
IRW
3
PIR
16
MMP
2
CNS
1
IOW
12
AAS
1*
4th 1951 [26]
2010 AAS
1*
PHO
29
IOW
18
DCS
5
SON
2
IRW
13
PIR
3
MRP
11
CNS
2
MMP
3
AAS
4
PHO
25
3rd 1707 [27]
2011 PHO AAS MMP IOW LVS SON
12
IRW EVG PIR CNS MRP SPO AAS PHO 77th 132 [28]
2013 Bill McAnally Racing 20 Toyota PHO S99 BIR IOW L44 SON
5
CNS IOW EVG SPO MMP SMP AAS KCR PHO 50th 39 [29]

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ARSC Pts Ref
2012 Venturini Motorsports 55 Toyota DAY
26
MOB SLM TAL TOL ELK POC MCH WIN NJE IOW CHI IRP POC BLN ISF MAD SLM DSF KAN 128th 100 [30]

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