ABOUT SARAH

 

 

Fun Facts:

Date of Birth: May 18th, 1994

Height: 5’ 10”

Parents: Laura and Robert

Sister: Emily

Hometown: Lafayette, LA

TV Show: The Drive Within on MotorTrend TV

School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Degree: Marketing

Favorite Track: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

Favorite Charity: Lemons of Love

Famous Relatives: Bob and Bill Riley of Riley Technologies are Sarah’s Uncle and Cousin

Sarah Montgomery was born and raised in Lafayette, LA and grew up with a zest for life in the heart of Cajun Country. When she was 10 years old, Sarah and her family attended an Indycar event where her excitement turned into an obsession and a dream that has never faltered. Sarah began racing dirt oval go karts and won three championships throughout the southern United States. From there, she began competing in Spec Miata before she even had her drivers license. She started professional level racing in the Battery Tender Mazda MX5 Cup Series in 2014 and her rookie year, she was the highest finishing female and top ten in points. She competed in Pirelli World Challenge in 2017 with Shea Racing and in 2019, Sarah became the first female to ever podium in the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Series. Not only was she the first female to ever podium and make history, but she landed on the podium four times that year. Her 2020 racing season began a little slow due to Covid-19, but she joined team Round 3 Racing in a Porsche Boxster to compete in the World Racing League. Sarah qualified the car on pole at four separate events that year, and won at the very final race of 2020. For the 2021 season, Sarah competed in the highest class of WRL in a Porsche GT4 car where she led many laps of each race and landed a win at the 24 hours of Sebring race in October. When Sarah is not racing, she is a driving instructor at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, GA and selling people their dream homes in real estate. She enjoys teaching others about her passion and also helping young women believe in their dreams.

PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 2021, Star on racing MotorTrend TV Show, ‘The Drive Within’
  • 2020, became board member for Shift Up Now
  • 2020, signed with Century 21 Results to begin her real estate career in Georgia
  • 2019, became a Co-coordinator for the Shift Up Now Junior Ambassador Program
  • 2019, became a licensed Georgia Real Estate Salesperson
  • 2018, appeared on Steve Harvey’s talk show, Steve, with Ashton Harrison. The show aired January 10, 2019
  • Nationally honored clarinetist
  • Former lead singer of the Christian Rock Group “Turning Point”
  • Head Drum Major and student Leader of the Lafayette High School Marching Band. The largest High School Band in Louisiana and one of the most decorated in the country.
  • Principal first chair clarinetist at Lafayette High School
  • Soloed Carnegie Hall in New York City
  • Sang in the Apollo theater in New York City
  • In 2011, received the highest honor for a high school musician, induciton into the elite 100 member Honor Band of America in Indianapolis, IN
  • Led Lafayette High School Band as Head Drum Major to the National Title in the Bands of America Competition
  • Nominated for the Hans Serif Award for most outstanding High School Senior in the country
  • Member Acadiana Wind Symphony Orchestra
  • Teacher Nominated Recipient of the 2013-2014 Dr. Louis and Mary B. Coussan Endowed Scholarship at the University of Louisiana
  • Cover Girl “Face Magazine” March 2013
  • Charter member of “SWAGGA”, a program designed to stop teen drinking and driving

DRIVING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 2021, IMSA Diversity Scholarship Finalist
  • 2021, lead many laps during the entire season in World Racing League and won the first ever 24 hour race at Sebring, FL
  • 2021, continued racing journey with Round 3 Racing driving a Porsche Cayman/BMW M4 GT4 in World Racing League, GTO Class
  • 2021, Star on racing MotorTrend TV Show, ‘The Drive Within’
  • 2020, Sarah qualified the car on pole 4 separate events during the year in the R3R Porsche
  • 2020, signed with Round 3 Racing to compete in their Porsche Boxster for the WRL Series
  • 2019, became the first female to podium in the Mazda MX-5 Cup Series – Four times in a row
  • 2019, signed with Sick Sideways to compete in the Global Mazda MX5 Cup Series Presented by BFGoodrich Tires
  • 2018, signed with Sick Sideways to compete in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill with Shift Up Now.
  • In the Honda Civic SI, finished 5th in very first front wheel drive race. Top 10 in second race
  • 2017, signed with Shea Racing to compete in Pirelli World Challenge TCE Class in a Honda Civic CI
  • 2016, re-signed with ALARA Racing to compete in the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Series presented by BF Goodrich Tires
  • March 2016, received Mazda’s prestigious “Spirit of Mazda” award for a second time
  • October 2015, received Mazda’s prestigious “Spirit of Mazda” award
  • 2015, finished top ten in points for rookie year
  • Joined Alara Racing for the 2015-2016 Pro Racing Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Series presented by B.F. Goodrich Tires
  • The Lemons of Love Cancer Patient Support Organization becomes a full Sponsor for the 2015 season
  • Member of Lyn St. James “Women of the Winners Circle”
  • Skip Barber Kart Scholarship Shootout Contestant at Laguna Seca in California
  • Raced first dirt kart race at 13 years old in 2007
  • Won over 20 events between 2009 and 2011 in 3 separate kart classes
  • Raced first Spec Miata race in 2011
  • Won the Spec Miata Charity Challenge 1 Hour Enduro in 2012 at GCRS
  • Wins 2013 Gulf Coast Racing Series Championship
  • Wins 2013 NASA NOLA Region Spec Miata Series Championship
  • Sponsored by the City of Lafayette Visitor’s Commission
  • Porsche Club of America HP Driving Instructor
  • Louisiana’s only female professional Sports Car Racer
  • Joins Team Barber in the 2014 Barber MX-5 Pro Cup Challenge
  • Completes 10 races in Barber MX-5 Pro Cup Challenge 7 top 5’s and a new track record at Road America
  • Completed Barber Pro MX-5 Winter Challenge with 3 Poles and 3 Podium finishes

2021 Media

March 2021– Guest on Drivers Eye Live, WRL live broadcast
April 2021- Guest speaker on podcast, Heels on WheelsHERE
July 2021– Guest on Drivers Eye Live, WRL live broadcast
September 2021- IMSA Diversity Scholarship Finalist, HERE
October 2021- Racer Magazine, “Hagerty Motorsports/Round 3 Racing set for new TV series,” HERE
November 2021– Star in The Drive Within on Motortrend TV, HERE
November 2021– Radio guest on KPEL 1420 Sports Radio, ESPN with Scott Prather
November 2021- ESPN, “Lafayette Native to be Featured Star in Race Car Driving Reality TV Series Premiering Friday,”HERE

2020 Media

March 2020– Radio guest on KPEL 1420 Sports Radio, ESPN with Jay Walker
August 2020– Feature article in Hagerty Media on website and magazine, HERE
October 2020– Podcast guest with Doug Kenney, HERE

2019 Media

January 2019– Feature Story on Steve Harvey’s talk show, Steve- Aired January 10, 2019 HERE
January 2019– Instagram update about Steve Harvey Show appearance from the Steve TV Show
March 2019Announced 2019 full season with Sick Sideways in MX-5 Cup Series, HERE
June 2019Acadiana Lifestyle Magazine, “A Few odd Jobs,” HERE
July 2019– Appearance in the Shift Up Now/Sawblade.com informative video, HERE
August 2019- Guest on Discover Lafayette Podcast, HERE
September 2019- Mazda Motorsports, “Pressure to Perform,” HERE
September 2019- ESPN Magazine, “Lafayette’s Own Sarah Montgomery Makes Auto Racing History… Again,” HERE
October 2019Autoweek, “Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Racer Sarah Montgomery Silences the Doubters,” HERE
December 2019– Guest speaker on live streaming for the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill

2018 Media

January 2018– Feature story and Cover Photo on FACE Magazine, HERE
February 2018Women’s Sports Foundation Website and Social Media Article, HERE
March 2018– International Women’s Day article in The Daily Advertiser, HERE
March 2018– Co-Announcer at the Global Mazda MX5 Cup Race in Austin, TX for 20,000+ fans
March 2018– Podcast guest on In Wheel Time
April 2018– Podcast guest on Discover Lafayette, HERE
May 2018– Guest on worldwide racing podcast, Drive with Dave, HERE
June 2018– Guest Speaker at Kiwanis of Acadiana
August 2018– “A Struggle of Passion for Speed: Meet Sarah Montgomery” Article by Tom Stahler in Turnology, HERE
August 2018#HoonigansWanted Youtube Video, HERE
August 2018– Announces new partnership with E. Esposito Interiors
November 2018– Shift Up Now announces partnership with Sarah for 25 Hours of Thunderhill, HERE
December 2018– Guest speaker on live streaming for the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill
December 2018– Guest speaker on podcast, Heels on Wheels
December 2018Guest appearance on Steve Harvey’s talk show, Steve
December 2018– Steve introduced Sarah and Ashton Harrison to their fans through social media
December 2018– Youtube video reviewing the Steve Harvey showHERE

2017 Media

February 2017Crossthreaded Podcast guest, HERE
February 2017– Front cover and center fold article of 337 MagazineHERE
April 2017– 3 local TV interviews at different news stations in Greensboro, NC to promote upcoming races
May 2017– Radio guest on “OH BROTHER” ESPN-1420 KPEL show
May 2017– Radio guest on KPEL 1420 Sports Radio, ESPN with Jay Walker
May 2017CBS Sports Network TV Broadcast for Virginia International Raceway Race
June 2017– Radio guest on “Out to Lunch” 88.7 KRVSHERE
June 2017– Recognition in article, “Tom’s Take: Chicks on the Grid-And Why They Do and Don’t Matter,” written by Tom Stahler, HERE
July 2017– Radio guest on KPEL 1420 Sports Radio, ESPN with Jay Walker
July 2017– Recognition in Podcast, Drive with Dave -“Drive with Dave Podcast with Jill Swanson,” HERE
July 2017– “Be You” article in Louisiana state wide newspaper, The Daily AdvertiserHERE
September 2017– Reruns of “Out to Lunch” 88.7 KRVS the entire month, HERE
October 2017Acadiana Profile Magazine, “Catch her if you can,” HERE
October 2017Acadiana Profile Magazine featured in Barnes and NobleHERE
December 2017– Press release announcing 2018 prospective racing plans for Sarah
December 2017– Recognition in Jalopnik article, “OfCourse Women Are Strong Enough To Race Against Men,” HERE

Hang around Sarah, and immediately you realize that she is not your typical 28 year old. As a matter of fact, being a female race car driver is just one thing that makes her unique. Another is her personality, one that Bob Varsha from the SPEED Network says “absolutely lights up a room”.