Driver Development

In Conversation with F1600 Team Owner Brian Graham of Brian Graham Racing

Reading Time: 13 minutes Brian Graham, one of the most successful team owners in Canadian motorsport with a roster of alumni that have raced with his Brian Graham Racing team is a man who you could forgive for bragging. He has literally “been there, done that” and has the championships to prove it. But as I sat down to … Read more

In Conversation with Motorsport Physical Trainer Stewart Wild

Reading Time: 4 minutes As you know from the digital pages of the Motorsport Prospects blog, I have stressed the importance of physical conditioning for race drivers from the very beginning. Being in peak physical condition is a necessity to compete at your highest possible level, it enables you to react better to what is going on while on … Read more

The Yacademy Winter Testing Series: Spring Training for Open Wheel Racers

Reading Time: 4 minutes You can never get enough track time in motorsport, especially if you are a young, developing driver. Simulators are great tools but they are intended to augment track practice, not to replace them. Experienced racer Gustavo Yacamán saw the need for a more structured training experience for young drivers and thus his Yacademy was born. … Read more

Whatever it Takes – In Conversation with Driver Coach Ross Bentley – Part 2

Reading Time: 13 minutes Last week in Part 1 of my interview with professional driver coach Ross Bentley we talked about the importance of the will to learn, doing “whatever it takes” and the value of doing your homework. You can read Part 1 here. This week we continue our conversation and delve into things like the magic of … Read more

Whatever it Takes – In Conversation with Driver Coach Ross Bentley – Part 1

Reading Time: 9 minutes This week on the Motorsport Prospects blog I talk to Ross Bentley of Speed Secrets. Performance coach, author and public speaker, Ross has raced in both Indycars and endurance racing and is the author of the well known Speed Secrets series of performance books, webinars and online coaching tools. This is the first of a … Read more

A Chat with Belinda Riseley of MotiV8 Training

Reading Time: 5 minutes This week I chat with Belinda Riseley of MotiV8 Training about athlete performance, the setting of SMART goals, social media presence, PR and the importance of working off the track as well as on. Motorsport Prospects: How did you get involved in motorsport and how did MotiV8 Training start? Belinda Riseley: I have been fortunate … Read more

An interview with inaugural Saleen Cup Young Class winner Carter Fartuch

Reading Time: 4 minutes Last April I wrote an article about why I thought that the brand new Saleen Cup GT racing series could be an excellent choice for young drivers and that they should look into it (Why Young Drivers Should Consider the New Saleen Cup in their Career Plans). As the season just recently came to a … Read more

A Gentleman Driver Living the Fastlife – A Chat with Derek DeBoer

Reading Time: 4 minutes Gentleman Drivers and the GT racing scene is an area that I am starting to feature on the Motorsport Prospects blog and in the Directory because it is of such vital importance to the motorsport ecosystem. My first piece was with professional race driver, coach and motorsport consultant Johnny Mowlem (A Discussion about the Role … Read more

The Team USA Scholarship – What Does It Take?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Every year since 1990, the Team USA Scholarship program sends at least one but usually two drivers to race in the world-famous Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch in the UK.According to their website The principal aim of the Team USA Scholarship is to provide opportunities for young American race car drivers at an early … Read more

Path of Champions – The Walter Hayes Trophy

Reading Time: 5 minutes (Editor’s note: As we approach this year’s running of the Walter Hayes Trophy, one of the most competitive development races in the world, I thought it would be beneficial to other young drivers to hear from a driver with experience in the event so that they could describe the experience. Toronto-based driver Michael Gibaut kindly … Read more

Parents in the Pits – In Conversation with Kayleigh Hilborn

Reading Time: 5 minutes In the second installment of Parents in the Pits (you can read the first installment here) I speak to Kayleigh Hilborn, mother to 9 year old karter Caleb. While we talk about all the usual subjects like scheduling, the cost of karting and the like, Kayleigh and Caleb have to deal with an additional issue … Read more

Motivation is the key to everything – In Conversation with Driver Coach Enzo Mucci

Reading Time: 8 minutes This week we speak to Enzo Mucci, aka The Race Driver Coach and I think the headline is key. If you watch any of Enzo’s videos on YouTube you will understand why he thinks motivation is such a key to success whether it be on the track or in life in general. Driving a race … Read more

A Discussion about the Role of the Gentleman Driver with Johnny Mowlem

Reading Time: 5 minutes There is much confusion about what a “gentleman” driver is and their role within motorsport. As it is an area Motorsport Prospects will be exploring in the near future and to to gain a bit more clarity, I talked to professional race car driver and motorsport consultant Johnny Mowlem to get some answers. Motorsport Prospects: … Read more

The Eyes are the Keys to it All – In Conversation with Professional Race Car Driver and Driver Coach Tom Long

Reading Time: 7 minutes I recently spoke to race driver coach Tom Long about the importance of building a base of race craft knowledge not specific to any one car, why he feels the Global MX-5 Cup is an excellent development series for young drivers, the importance of networking at the track and more. Motorsport Prospects: What is your … Read more

Talking Race Car Driver Fitness with Jim Leo of PitFit Training

Reading Time: 6 minutes Fitness is something we have talked about before on the Motorsport Prospects blog because it is of such importance that it cannot be overemphasized and when it comes to motorsport and fitness the name Jim Leo and his company PitFit Training are always part of the conversation. Jim was gracious enough to spend some time … Read more

She’s Young, Fast and Racing in Europe – In Conversation with Megan Gilkes

Reading Time: 9 minutes The brand new female-only W Series has brought increased attention to the topic of women in motorsport. While some are against the series and some are in favour, you cannot deny that what they have managed to do in such a short amount of time is to create a thoroughly professional development race series that … Read more

Mental Health in Motorsports: Is it Time for Change?​

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is a guest post by motorsport writer Josie Smith from the blog Into the Kitty Litter. While it was published on July 9, 2018 it still resonates today and so I asked Josie if I could repost it in its entirety to which she agreed. If you enjoy F1 and MotoGP then I encourage … Read more

Racing in Asia – A Chat with Professional Race Car Driver and Driver Coach Dan Wells

Reading Time: 7 minutes This week’s Motorsport Prospects feature is an interview with Hong Kong-based driver and driver coach Dan Wells. With the increasing popularity of racing in China and the growth of development series in the region such as Asian Formula Renault, Chinese and Southeast Asian F4, Asian F3 and the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia, I thought … Read more

Parents in the Pits – In Conversation with Russ Dykstra

Reading Time: 9 minutes Welcome to the first edition of an occasional series I call Parents in the Pits. In this series I put the focus strictly on racing parents as they juggle family life, parenting, the demands of motorsport and the lessons they have learned along the way. The goal is to be positive yet realistic and hopefully … Read more

Sponsorship, Developing Race Car Drivers and the Importance of People in a Race Team – An Interview with Phil Picard of Momentum Motorsports

Reading Time: 11 minutes Choosing a racing team to invest your (or more likely your parents!) hard earned money is a very serious decision with vast implications for your motorsport career. Choose wisely and you will learn and grow as a driver. Choose unwisely and you could have potentially ruined your potential to become a professional driver. This is … Read more