Driver Development

Talking Race Car Driver Fitness with Jim Leo of PitFit Training

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

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?​

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

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

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

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

Are You Operating at your Peak Performance? An Interview with Carlos Salum

Are You Operating at your Peak Performance? An Interview with Carlos Salum

Reading Time: 5 minutes Mental conditioning is as important as physical conditioning. Training your mind is as crucial for success on the race track as conditioning the body. In this interview I speak to Carlos Salum of Salum International about the concept of “Peak Performance” and why it is so crucial to the success of a race car driver. … Read more

Why Young Drivers Should Consider the New Saleen Cup in their Career Plans

Why Young Drivers Should Consider the New Saleen Cup in their Career Plans

Reading Time: 5 minutes Young drivers face a multitude of questions and complications when deciding on their racing career plans. Ultimately they need to decide what it is that they want to do and what it is they can afford to do. My recommendation has always been to be open to as many options as you can which is … Read more

He’s 15 and he races sports cars – A chat with Steven Aghakhani

He's 15 and he races sports cars - A chat with Steven Aghakhani

Reading Time: 6 minutes One of the best opportunities for young drivers is in sports cars and no driver better proves this than Steven Aghakani. Recently I was able to interview Steven about his career so far and what its like to drive a Lamborghini and Mercedes GT3 car. I also asked his dad Armik about licensing at Steven’s … Read more

In Conversation with Mick Kouros of Fortec Motorsports

In Conversation with Mick Kouros of Fortec Motorsports

Reading Time: 4 minutes Fortec Motorsports is one of the most experienced, successful and professional racing teams currently racing in single-seater driver development. I recently had a chat with Senior Team Engineer Mick Kouros while he was in New Zealand for the Toyota Racing Series to gain a bit of insight of what a team like Fortec looks for … Read more

In Conversation with Richard Ollerenshaw of Hillspeed Racing

In Conversation with Richard Ollerenshaw of Hillspeed Racing

Reading Time: 9 minutes With a new racing season just around the corner, teams are anxiously working on putting together their driver lineups for 2019. One such team is Hillspeed Racing, competing in the BRDC Formula 3 series in the UK. I spoke to Richard Ollerenshaw, Team Principal of Hillspeed on what they are looking for in a driver, … Read more

Kiwi on the Move – A Chat with Formula 3 Driver Marcus Armstrong

Kiwi on the Move - A Chat with Formula 3 Driver Marcus Armstrong

Reading Time: 4 minutes As we approach the final race of the Toyota Racing Series this weekend I thought it would be interesting to get some insights from one of the main protagonists, New Zealand racing driver Marcus Armstrong both on his career so far, racing in New Zealand and what it takes to run in the upper echelons … Read more

The Healthy Endurance Racer – An Interview with Dr Nathan Karpinsky

The Healthy Endurance Racer - An Interview with Dr Nathan Karpinsky

Reading Time: 4 minutes The 2019 edition of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona was a perfect example of how endurance racing is such a physically demanding form of motorsport where the race takes a toll on both the mind and body. One aspect of this type of racing that always fascinated me was how these drivers can maintain … Read more

Young Driver Coaching

Young Driver Coaching

Reading Time: 5 minutes Originally posted to the excellent Young Driver Development website, this article is from Simon Hayes, head of Performance Physixx. It is reprinted by permission. I have also asked Mr Hayes to explain a little bit of what services Performance Physixx offer. You can see the Performance Physixx listing on Motorsport Prospects here. Mark When you … Read more

Can young drivers learn anything from the 1994 Formula 1 Season?

Can young drivers learn anything from the 1994 Formula 1 Season?

Reading Time: 10 minutes The 1994 Formula 1 season was dramatic, controversial, enthralling and tragic and has always deserved a closer look to find out what really happened during that disputed year. Author Ibrar Malik felt the same way and so decided to write a book chronicling the 1994 season. Due to be released on January 12, 2019, 1994 … Read more

An interview with Team Canada Scholarship winner Guillaume Archambault on the eve of the 47th Formula Ford Festival

An interview with Team Canada Scholarship winner Guillaume Archambault on the eve of the 47th Formula Ford Festival

Reading Time: 4 minutes Every year for the last 47 years the British Racing and Sports Car Club has put on arguably the most important junior racing weekend of the calendar with the BRSCC Formula Ford Festival. Past winners have included Robert Moreno, Tommy Byrne, Johnny Herbert, Eddie Irvine, Mark Webber, Jenson Button, Dan Clarke and Nick Tandy to … Read more

An Interview with Driver Development Coach Eric Jensen of Jensen Global Advisors

An Interview with Driver Development Coach Eric Jensen of Jensen Global Advisors

Reading Time: 8 minutes Driver development is considered a rather straightforward ladder system by some, a black art by others and hopelessly complicated and expensive by yet others. There are misconceptions that abound about what a good driver development program should be and in order to cut through the fog, I spoke to Eric Jensen of Jensen Global Advisors … Read more

An interview with Jacob Leaver and Leanne Holder of Torque Human Performance on the importance of driver fitness

An interview with Jacob Leaver and Leanne Holder of Torque Human Performance on the importance of driver fitness

Reading Time: 5 minutes As I continue my interviews with the latest additions to the Services section of Motorsport Prospects I speak this week to Leanne Holder and Jacob Leaver from Torque Human Performance on the importance of fitness and to answer that age old question of whether a racing driver is an “athlete.” Motorsport Prospects: How long have … Read more

An interview with Matthew Swindells of 130R Performance on the importance of mental skills training

An interview with Matthew Swindells of 130R Performance on the importance of mental skills training

Reading Time: 8 minutes As I am adding new companies to the Services section of Motorsport Prospects (free registration is required to access) I feel it is important to get a bit more detail as to what these companies do to give context to their listing. The first company to be so featured is 130R Performance, a company that … Read more

Motorsport Prospects speaks to Paul Gerrard, author of Optimum Drive

Motorsport Prospects speaks to Paul Gerrard, author of Optimum Drive

Reading Time: 7 minutes I recently had the opportunity to talk to former Top Gear USA Stig Paul Gerrard, author of Optimum Drive: The Road Map to Driving Greatness and he had some interesting insights into what makes a race car driver not only good but great. If you are not familiar with Paul, he is an accomplished professional … Read more