Long before all of the modern multi-car professional teams in drag racing there was the team of Paul Candies and Leonard Hughes. A drag racing enthusiast for many years, Candies’ team became the first two-car team to race each other in the final round at the National Hot Rod Association’s U.S. Nationals in 1976. For their accomplishments over 25 years, the team – composed of Paul Candies and Leonard Hughes – in 1999 was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
Paul Candies is currently President and Chief Operating Officer of Otto Candies, LLC a Louisiana-based marine transportation and offshore services company. As head of Otto Candies – a firm started in 1942 by his father, the late Otto Candies – he oversees a fleet of more than 100 vessels serving the offshore oil and gas industry worldwide. The company, with offices in Mexico and Argentina, is known as the first to transport an oil production platform from Houston to the United Kingdom drilling area in the North Sea and for its emergency response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.