Montgomery Becomes First Female to Podium in MX5 Cup
Photo by: Al Arena
Portland, Ore, (3 September 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, TeamOne Logistics Mazda MX-5 Cup Car.
Follow Sarah and Sick Sideways through LIVE TIMING and LIVE STREAMING for the remaining event below.
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 to join her and her team.