Paul Law challenges for the OSCAAR rookie crown
Paul Law is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie and the oval track is his fix.
A native of Rosemont, near Orangeville, Law is channeling his thrill-seeking side to a promising career on the Ontario Stock Car Association of Asphalt Racers (OSCAAR) circuit.
Owner/operator of Midas Auto Service in Orangeville, Law is currently chasing London’s Jesse Kennedy for the rookie of the year crown in the OSCAAR, arguably the province’s premier stock car series.
The OSCAAR’s Outlaw Super Late Models are certainly the fastest, since the car bodies are aerodynamically styled towards high horsepower.
The car bodies feature a sloping, hood/nose combination and larger rear spoiler. The chassis’s are offset to the driver’s side, allowing for high-speed cornering on the oval tracks.
Or, as Law so aptly puts it: “There’s nothing stock about a stock car.”
While he’s contending for the 2012 OSCAAR rookie crown, Law is no greenhorn when it comes to racing.
“It’s a hobby that started when I was 12 years old, when I had my first dune buggy,” says Law. “I put the motor in, myself.”
By 17, he was partnering in the building of enduro cars and was racing at Varney. Law followed with street stock car that won the Flamborough points championship.
He leaped into the late model fray in 1994 with a car built by Jeff Hanley, OSCAAR veteran and Law’s favorite competitor on the circuit.
He took home rookie of the year honors at Flamborough that year, and was runner-up to Hanley as the most improved driver.
Law hung it up in 2001, however, to concentrate on business. “I wouldn’t even go to a track,” he recalls. “Because, I knew that if I did, I would right back into racing.”
He steered his mind into the auto service business and eventually bought his Orangeville business in 2007. Yet, once a driver, always a driver, and last year he was getting his latest racing vehicle together.
“The business was doing well and it was time to get back into it.”
In fact, it was from the ranks of his business that Law found Fern Santos, who serves as his pit crew chief and all-around Man Friday when it comes to racing his 600 hp, two-gear speed machine. Santos keeps Law’s sleek vehicle operating at peak efficiency and that involves a number of tasks, including installing the correct gearing system. There are eight tracks that Law competes on, and a specific gearing system for each of them.
“We run a super light tranny,” explains Law. “You really have to be cognizant of what you’re doing.”
Law certainly has the mentality to be a race driver. That comes to the fore when he casually lists the accidents he’s been involved in over the course of his career. They include flipping upside down at Cayuga and having a broken motor cause his vehicle to erupt into flames at Mosport.
Law merely shrugs those incidents off.It’s all worth it for Law, who loves to get on the track and match wits and driving savvy with the likes of Kennedy, Hanley, Glen Watson and Glen Clark. “Those are the guys,” figures Law. “Beat them and you come home, happy.”
One thing for sure, he isn’t in it for the money. Realistically, stock racing is a break-even proposition for even the more successful drivers.
“Adrenaline junkies. That’s what we are,” sums up Law.
He plans to keep racing until he’s 50, or so, but notes that some guys are into their 60s and 70s and still race on the circuit. “We’re just your average guys playing against the big boys and winning some races,” figures Law.
Written by Dan Pelton