Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Series Presented by BFGoodrich Tires - Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca - September 20-22, 2019
Montgomery Makes Racing History in Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Series
September 3, 2019
Sarah Montgomery and Sick Sideways Racing made history this weekend at Portland International Raceway in rounds 9 and 10 of the highly competitive Battery Tender® Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Series Presented by BFGoodrich Tires®.
On Saturday, Montgomery, from Lafayette, LA, became the first female in the history of the series to finish on the podium in a Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race and defended that finish with another during Sunday’s race. “My entire personal goal for this year was to become the first female ever on the podium. This series has some of the most talented drivers around and I have been heavily invested in my training. To be standing where my mentors have stood is truly a blessing,” Montgomery states. “I am completely honored and humbled to be here racing on this stage with all of my partners, Team (Sick Sideways Racing) as well as my very supportive family and friends.”
During Saturday morning’s qualifying, Sarah’s fastest lap was about a half second off the pole sitter’s (John Dean) fastest time, which had her starting fifth in both races. During race one, Montgomery won a hard fought battle with teammate and former series champion, Nathanial Sparks (No. 8 – Sick Sideways Racing). Race two had much of the same clean, aggressive driving as she battled for a podium spot with Atlanta Speedwerks driver, Carter Weedon, claiming that spot with an exciting finish at the checkered flag.
“I am absolutely blown away by the amount of reach these podiums have had so far through social media, fans at the track, including Indy Car driver Sarah Fisher, Max Papis, plus phone calls and texts. It truly means the world to me to have people supporting my dreams and following me through my journey,” says Montgomery.
Sick Sideways team owner John Dean states, “Since the first time Sarah and I met, I always knew she was the type of person I wanted to have on my team. Looking back, it’s pretty amazing to see how far we have both come together in the highest contested series in this country,” says Dean. “Now, we have made history and it’s amazing to think of all the women that have been in this series and how Sarah is the first to stand on the podium. To be a part of this personally, as well as for my team Sick Sideways, is absolutely incredible.”
Montgomery, Dean and Sick Sideways now prepare for the last race weekend of the season at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, September 20-22, 2019, where she will try to defend her podium finishes in her Sick Sideways, Lafayette Travel, Shift Up Now, Team One Logistics Mazda MX-5 Cup Car.
Remaining Race Schedule:
Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, CA September 20-22, 2019
Several partners are working with Sarah Montgomery and Sick Sideways for the remaining event in the series; Sick Sideways (Sebring, FL.), Lafayette Travel (Lafayette, LA.), TeamOne Logistics (Lafayette, LA.), Dailey Enterprises (Lafayette, LA.), E. Esposito Interiors (Truckee, CA.), Lemons of Love (Mount Prospect, IL.), Shift Up Now (Saint Augustine, FL.), Harrison Contracting Co. (Villa Rica, GA.), My Legal Edge (Naples, FL.), and many others have stepped up to help Sarah. To contact Sarah, please email Sarah@SarahMontgomeryRacing.com or visit her website at www.SarahRacing.com.
Sarah Montgomery Partners with Roth Cheese for Road America race.
June 18, 2019
Roth® Cheese Is Going to the Races with Sarah Montgomery
This unexpected partnership will turn heads at the track June 21-23.
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin – Roth® Cheese, a leading producer of award-winning specialty cheese, is partnering with Sarah Montgomery, as she competes in the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Series presented by BFGoodrich Tires in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Roth employees will be at the Road America track on Saturday, June 22 cheering on Sarah, with cheese!
As the Roth logo races around the track on Sarah’s vehicle, a sample taste testing of Roth Snack Cheeses will be taking place with racing fans. Roth Snack Cheese comes in three flavors including Creamy Cheddar, Creamy Gouda, and Creamy Whole Milk Mozzarella, perfect for families on the go. They are made with local rBST-free Wisconsin milk sourced from family farms within 60 miles of the company’s Southwest Wisconsin creamery. Packed with 5 grams of protein and 70 calories per serving, Roth Snack Cheese is a preservative-free, and naturally gluten-free snack.
“As a company, we are dedicated to supporting women and jumped at this opportunity to partner with female race car driver, Sarah Montgomery, at a local event here in Wisconsin,” stated Heather Engwall, Vice President of Marketing at Roth Cheese. “Sarah is also a great fit for Roth because her favorite charity, Lemons of Love, aligns with our mission to give back. Fans will also be able to bring specialty cheese with them wherever they go, even the race track!”
To find Roth Cheese near you visit rothcheese.com/locator.
Roth® Cheese is a part of Emmi Roth, one of the nation’s largest producers of specialty cheese. Cheese experts at Roth have been importing and crafting specialty cheese in Southern Wisconsin for more than 150 years. Roth is known for producing award-winning cheeses like Grand Cru® and Buttermilk Blue®, everyday favorites like Havarti and Gouda and innovative new snack and grab-and-go cheeses.
Sarah Montgomery Finds Full Time Ride for 2019.
Sarah Montgomery and Ashton Harrison Make Appearance on Steve Harvey’s Talk Show, Steve
Los Angeles, CA.— On December 19, 2018, Sarah Montgomery and Ashton Harrison were flown to Los Angeles, CA by Steve to make an appearance on Steve Harvey’s talk show. The ladies were lucky enough to have a Ferrari as their car for the weekend thanks to Ashton’s partner, Merlin Auto Group, and spent a few days in the amazing city as tourists. Steve Harvey did a complete makeover on Sarah and Ashton to look their best on national television because they were a part of Steve’s dating segment. The show spent many weeks prior to filming to find the perfect four guys for Sarah and Ashton to choose from to go on a date with. Filming took place on December 20, 2018 and the show aired on January 10, 2019. Be sure to follow the link to watch their dating segment and to see who they chose.
Fans can follow Harrison and Montgomery’s journey at AshtonHarrison.com and SarahRacing.com.
Ashton Harrison and Sarah Montgomery Pursuing TCR Opportunities
The co-drivers are seeking sponsors for the IMSA Continental Tire Series
VILLA RICA, Ga.—Ashton Harrison and Sarah Montgomery have been co-drivers in several endurance races this season, and they are both ready to take their racing careers to the next level by entering the new TCR class in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. Their goal is to be the first full-time, all-female lineup in the series, and they are currently searching for sponsors for the 2018 season.
Harrison and Montgomery are currently working with Sick Sideways Racing to find sponsors and secure a full-season program in the TCR class for 2018. TCR is the much-anticipated new class in IMSA’s popular Continental Tire Series and will feature the “touring car” style that is popular in Europe.
The 23-year-old Harrison has most recently been competing in the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Series. In 2017, she earned five top-ten finishes and ended the season 12th in points. In between races, Harrison is a full-time instructor for Porsche and the owner of Ashton Harrison Motorsports, which offers racing programs for all driver development. In her hometown of Villa Rica, Ga., she serves as a career mentor at her high school and volunteers at animal shelters.
Montgomery has been racing since she was 13 years old, when she started karting. The Lafayette, La., native ran in the 2015-2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Series for two years, finishing top ten in points in her rookie season. In 2017, at 22 years old, Montgomery teamed up with Shea Racing to drive a Honda Civic in Pirelli World Challenge. She has partnered with organizations such as Lemons of Love and Lafayette Travel.
Most recently, Harrison and Montgomery teamed up with Christian Szymczak for the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, racing the Harrison Contracting Co./Tactical Flight Service/Lemons of Love/Lafayette Travel Global Mazda MX-5 Cup car prepared by Sick Sideways Racing.
For Harrison, entering the TCR class is the logical next step in her racing career, which is the basis of the 2017 documentary film “Ashton Harrison: The Road to 24.” “I’m excited to move up to such a great series, where I can not only further my career, but also be a more effective ambassador for my sponsors and partners,” said Harrison. “This is a significant step forward, and I am so fortunate to have a co-driver like Sarah to share this with. She and I have the same goals and are both dedicated to bringing a professional, positive attitude to everything we do.”
“I am truly excited to be moving on to the next level of sports car racing,” said Montgomery. “Being recognized not only on a national level, but also televised to show off my partners is something I have always dreamed of since I was a kid. Ashton and I still need help with funding, but we are pushing hard to make this program work for 2018.”
Fans can follow Harrison and Montgomery’s journey to being the first all-female TCR team online at AshtonHarrison.com and SarahRacing.com.
Drive Like A Girl
“I cannot begin to express my thanks to the people who are helping me achieve this dream of being a professional race car driver. Without the support of my family, Bill Riley, the City of Lafayette, Jill Swanson Peltier with Lemons of Love, Acadian Pawn and many others, I would never be here. But most important are 2 amazing people named Brent Mosing and Roy Johnson. They give everything and ask for nothing. To say the least , it is incredibly humbling. I hope, one day, that I will be in the position to pay this kindness forward. Thank You.”
After competing in the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Series for the past two years, Sarah spent 2015-2016 learning many different tracks and gaining the experience needed to become a talented driver. “I’m really a grass roots racer, raising money from the ground up”, says Sarah, “The hard work and support I have received from people to get this opportunity is nothing short of amazing. I am so thrilled to give my sponsors the chance to be on National Television and to help promote my brand through CBS Sports Network”.
“Not only am I excited to join the very competitive Pirelli World Challenge Series, I am thrilled to be on a race team with another female driver!”, Sarah continues. “Shea Racing has shown much success especially with their recent partnership with HPD (Honda Performance Development) and I am glad to be a part of it in 2017.”
The PWC TCA races are all double-headers and start in April at VIR with stops at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Lime Rock, Utah Motorsports Campus, COTA and Mazda Raceway.
“We are very pleased to have Sarah join Shea Racing for the 2017 season,” says team owner, Shea Holbrook. “When testing the Civic, she showed great potential and much improvement. Having another teammate that brings such enthusiasm and determination is very enlightening!”
Based in Groveland, Florida, Shea Racing is a professional Touring Car team competing in the Pirelli World Challenge Championships. Within the seven years Shea Racing has been competing in the series they have secured several wins and podiums in the touring car classes. Focusing on a strong team foundation, top performances, and driver advancement and individualized marketing platforms, Shea Racing has become of the Pirelli World Challenge’s Top Tier Touring Car teams.
Follow Sarah’s progress, get full schedules, merchandise and more at www.sarahracing.com
Location: Monterey, California
Series: SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BF Goodrich
Track: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Climbing Mazda’s Racing Ladder
Mazda is the only manufacturer with a clearly defined path for amateur racing drivers to take on the way to the top. And it doesn’t just include the open-wheel series in the formal Mazda Road to Indy—racers who compete in MX-5 Miatas or other Mazda vehicles will also receive assistance so that they too can ascend to the next rung of the ladder.
For the first in an ongoing series, meet Sarah Montgomery from California whose family is a key driving-force behind her talents on the track…
Sarah Montgomery was ten years old when her parents took her to a Verizon IndyCar event. Something clicked immediately. “I saw Danica Patrick race. I smelled the burning rubber, the racing fuel, and I was hooked. From that point on, I started watching every single race that came on TV.”
She begged to go back to the next IndyCar race, and her parents took her. That did it. “I guess every kid has a new dream every other week—astronaut, doctor, race car driver. My parents hoped I’d get it out of my system and move on to the next dream, but it never happened. My mother hoped eventually that I might move on to ballet or something. Ain’t happening.”
So they got her a racing kart, and Sarah started on the dirt oval tracks around her home in Lafayette, Louisiana. She started winning races, then track championships, then she was invited to participate in a Skip Barber shootout that used shifter karts.
But Sarah had never driven a kart with a manual transmission. So she and her father, an Interstate battery dealer in Lafayette, set up a course in a big parking lot with pylons, and she started learning to drive a shifter kart. A guy drove up and watched, then commented to her father: “Your son’s going pretty fast out there!”
“That’s my daughter,” her dad said proudly. Thus began a relationship with Jeff Mosing, a Mazda MX-5 Cup racer, who just happened to notice a kart going fast on a parking lot. Mosing, along with former racer Roy Johnson, became Sarah’s mentors and backers, guiding her into the Mazda MX-5 Cup series.
And that’s where she is now, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as part of the potent ALARA Racing team, which Mosing also drives for. After a solid pair of races at Mazda Raceway, out of 26 drivers in the series, she is 11th in points.
“No professional racing series is cheap, but the MX-5 Cup is probably the most affordable one out there,” says Sarah, now 21. “And as for the people at Mazda—if you are willing to put in the effort, they’ll do anything they can to help you out.”
Besides racing, Sarah Montgomery knows she has an additional responsibility: being a role model. “The first time a little girl came up to me and said, ‘I want to be just like you’—well, it’s a feeling that’s hard to describe.”