I am sorry to report the passing of longtime Promoter/Owner of the Spartan Speedway Paul Zimmerman. All of us here at MARFC express our condolences to Paul’s family and friends. “Poor Paul” was a great friend not only to MARFC but to the entire sport as well and really put his heart and soul into Spartan as well as the Springport Speedway. On a personal note I was able to work with him through my association with MARFC and Michigan Legends Cars as well as to serve along with him on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame.
Paul had an infectious personality that just made you feel good being around him and to have him share his knowledge and friendship with you. He was always there with a handshake or a pat on the back and always had kind words of encouragement for me as well as joke or two. I will miss his smile and his act of innocence. Those of us that got to know him knew that under the gentle and humorous personality that Paul presented, He was very serious about making his tracks the best they could possibly be and that the fans and drivers were number one with him. You could find Paul doing so many of the jobs at the track from cutting the grass, parking cars, selling tickets and walking around shaking hands.
A past recipient of the MARFC and the Michigan Speedway Promoters Association, Promoter of the Year Award showed that Paul carried much respect amongst his peers. God’s Speed Paul and rest well my friend.
Yours in Racing,
Dave DeHem President MARFC
Arrangements for Paul are visitations on Tuesday the 28th from 5 to 9 pm at Gorsline-Runciman/Ball Dunn Chapel, 621 S. Jefferson, Mason, MI, 48854. The funeral is on Wednesday the 29th at the Aurelius Baptist Church, 4419 W. Barnes Rd. Aurelius, MI. There will be a viewing at 10:00 am and the Service is at 11:00 am.