SPONSORSHIP, DEVELOPING RACE CAR DRIVERS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF PEOPLE IN A RACE TEAM – AN INTERVIEW WITH PHIL PICARD OF MOMENTUM MOTORSPORTS
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 just one of many topics that I touched on with Phil Picard of US-based Momentum Motorsports, currently competing in the F3 Americas series.
Motorsport Prospects: You have an extensive history in motorsport. How did you get to where you are now?
Phil Picard: It all evolved organically. I used to race motocross back in high school and that lead to me buying an old Formula Ford with a buddy to race in club races. I was fascinated with the sport and hooked from there. I went to automotive college after high school but that didn’t necessarily give me my ticket to work in motorsport, it was more structured to work at high end car dealerships.
I ended up racing in Formula Continental and had a great time while achieving pretty good results. At the same time other racers started bringing me their cars to work on so I built my customer base around F1600 and F2000. This led me to outgrow my garage and my neighbor’s barn after 35 – 40 years leading me to where I am now with a 6-acre facility based in Montgomery, New York. After I stopped racing in 2007, I focused on managing the team full time while doing some automotive consulting on the side.
Read the full interview at motorsportprospects.com