The thrill of racing enchanted Sarah Montgomery from a very young age.
And now 25 and one of only a few female professional race car drivers, Montgomery is pursuing her passion for speed as well as the pursuit of excellence in all she does.
She spoke about that and other topics with Jan Swift of the Discover Lafayette podcast. You can listen to their conversation here.
Montgomery recalls her experience behind the wheel of her first car, a Barbie Jeep, and the sets of tires her dad, Robert, had to change out as she barreled down the street in Lafayette.
She had her first visit to an Indy Car Race at 10, and that enticed her to actually jump into the racing circuit.
Starting with go-kart racing, she and her dad toiled to transform used carts into race-worthy vehicles. She eventually met local businessman Brent Mosing, who is also a car collector and racing enthusiast who offered her a starter race car named Captain Nemo. Mosing shepherded her into professional driving classes and the world of competitive racing and still serves as a mentor today.
Montgomery now lives in Atlanta working with Porsche and in closer to other racing professionals. She has also signed with Sick Sideways to compete in the Global Mazda MX5 Cup Series presented by BFGoodrich Tires.
She is also blogs about her experiences in racing, and you can read her blog here.