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26 fastlane racerprofile PAUL JENNINGS Age 44 years old Hometown Adelaide, SA Occupation Mechanical Engineer Started Racing 2011 Classes competed Super Street and Street Car Best ET and Speed 6.95s and 96mph Sponsors Norwood Automatics, Adelaide Car Transport, Smart Road Auto Wreckers, Smart Road Towing, J&J Products, Work and Play Trailers Favourite Race Vehicle My wagon Favourite TV Show Memphis Street Outlaws Favourite Food Pizza Favourite race track South Coast Raceway You recently took out your first ANDRA Christmas Tree with victory in the Super Street bracket at the South Coast 660 – what did it mean for you to take out the victory? After going .004 red in the final in November I thought it was never going to happen. This sport is very humbling…I still can’t believe I won, but it is a day I’ll never forget. If you had to pick the top three highlights of your drag racing career to date, what would they be and why? The South Coast 660 win is at the top of my highlights. A close second would be winning the Charlie Dennis Memorial in 2015 where I shared the honour with my brother Michael. Third would be winning the Big Bucks Shootout in my ‘59 Fairlane in 2012. How did you get into the sport of drag racing and what keeps you coming back? I have been behind the scenes crewing since 1994 with my brother Michael who is still racing. I don’t know why I keep racing, I think I like work and hate money! The people I race with keep me coming back – you are never going to meet nicer people. Is there anyone you would like to shine the spotlight on for their role in your racing career? I can’t put a spotlight on one person, but my brother Michael is a huge influence and supporter and without him I would not be here racing. In saying that my parents Jim and Wendy travel everywhere we race, rain or shine, and Steve Hunt is always good to have on your side also. What do you like about the Super Street category and why do you think others should get involved? I like the fact that it is street car based with no electronics and very close racing. People should get involved because you can race your street car and be competitive without having to have a purpose built race car. The competition is fierce on the track just like any other bracket, but off the track everyone is willing to help. Photos: Outlaw Images