Paul Brown began entering club road races at age 16, and in 1986, received his first job in professional racing, driving for his father’s Saleen Autosport racing team. A year later, in 1987, Brown helped the team sweep all four categories in the Escort Endurance Series Championship. Brown competed in the series, which evolved into the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge, for almost two decades, finishing in the top 10 in over half of the events he ran.
In 2000, Brown moved from the Midwest to California, and went to work for his future in-laws, Tom and Bea Hollfelder, at Tiger Racing. In 2006, he won the first NASA American Iron Extreme (AIX) national race for Tiger Racing, and three years later, in 2009, won the AIX Series championship. In 2011, he posted five Pirelli World Challenge GTS victories, led more laps than all other GTS drivers combined, and won the SCCA Driver’s Championship, while securing, for Ford, the SCCA Manufacturer’s Championship.
He was a 5-time SCCA National Road Race champion, and over the years, held track records at numerous prestigious road courses including Mid Ohio Sports Car Course (Ohio), Road Atlanta (Georgia), Luguna Seca Raceway (California), Road America (Wisconsin), Mid-America Motorplex (Iowa), and Heartland Park Topeka (Kansas).
Just two weeks prior to the start of the 2012 season, Brown was diagnosed with an aggressive form of melanoma and drove his final race on July 15 of that year, as a last minute entry at an SCCA event at Road America. Despite having Stage 4 melanoma, he drove a Tiger Racing Ferrari from a last place start in a 35-car Can-Am field, to an impressive sixth place finish.
Brown’s competitive spirit, coupled with his friendliness and genuine personality, made him a favorite of fans, his fellow competitors and the media. He passed away on October 13, 2012.