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Paulie Harraka




1.) What advice do you have for an aspiring NASCAR driver?

For anyone who wants to get involved in the sport, get to a race track.  Go to any kind of race and just check it out, and just see what's going on there.  Also, I started racing in go karts, so I encourage people to start at a go kart race.


2.) What is your career highlight so far?

When I was 9 years old, winning my first championship.  As a grown up, probaly winning my first NASCAR race & championship in 2008.


3.) Who were your heroes growing up?

Ricky Rudd, I was fortunate to become friends with him, he has become a great mentor.


4.) What was your favorite subject in school? why?

Math, I enjoyed the numbers & the ability to solve problems.


5.) What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to hang out with my family and friends.  I am always traveling, even as a kid, I started racing at 9 years old.


6.) What have you learned at Duke that can help you with racing?

So much, duke has helped my racing career in 4 different ways.

1.) Personal Development

2.) Specific classes I've taken, it includes engineering classes, leadership classes, finance classes.  They have helped my a lot with my racing career.

3.) It makes me unique, with Ryan Newman being the only other college graduate.

4.) Network with other college alumni.