Meet some of the individuals that make Performance Tech Motorsports success possible.
Performance Tech Motorsports has been running soundly, steadily and in the black since the early 90s despite the often-chaotic, ever-changing landscape of motorsports. O'Neill has developed a championship winning team after years of patience and learning as driver, team manager and now owner. His goal has, and will always be to help develop drivers to be the best they can be.
French joined Performance Tech for his, then, home race- the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014 while studying engineering at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Since joining Performance Tech, French has become a staple name at the top of the time charts. French has garnered a total of 11 pole awards and seven out of eight wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportCar Championship series. In 2017 he won the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship PC Class Points Championship and Tequila Patròn North America Endurance Championship with help from teammates O'Ward and Masson.
Patricio O'Ward, known as Pato, started with Performance Tech in 2016 driving select IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda races in a Mazda Prototype Challenge. His speed and consistency on track stood out to O'Neill. The proof of his maturity led to a full season deal in the No. 38 Prototype Challenge. O'Ward became the second youngest driver ever to win the Rolex 24 At Daytona with Performance Tech. In additio, he won the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship PC Class Points Championship and Tequila Patròn North America Endurance Championship alongside French and Masson.
Masson joined Performance Tech in 2016 to start his racing career. He competed in IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda for two seasons in the MPC class. While clenching the 2017 MPC Driver championship, Masson helped score three endurance wins at Daytona International Speedway, Sebring International Speedway and Watkins Glen International, making himself as well as O'ward and French winners of the Tequila Patròn North America Endurance Championship. Those wins equated to Performance Tech's first championship in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Dr. Robert Masson
Dr. Masson joined Performance Tech's IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda lineup in 2017. In his rookie season of prototype racing, Dr. Masson earned seven podium finishes, topped with a win at Road Atlanta. His consistent success gave him a second place finish in the MPC Masters Championship. It also helped Performance Tech clench its third team championship in the development series.
Dawes was a familiar face around the Performance Tech tent before becoming apart of its IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda lineup. Dawes lent a helping hand in pitlane for Performance Tech in 2016 while building his racecraft in club racing. 2017 was his first season in a prototype; he walked away with a third-place finish on the series only street course, Grand Prix du Trois Rivières.
Jacobs game plan for 2017 was to gain comfort while building his knowledge in the car and stay away from on-track drama. Through testing and dedication, Jacobs grew his racecraft into something award-winning. At Lime Rock Park his steady pace and clean racing brought him his highest finish of the season with a third-place finish in MPC Masters. It was his rookie season in IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda.
Cassels joined Performance Tech for a chance at pure racing. Cassels comes from the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series where he raced the Porsche Cayman. He finished second in the GS class. Cassels will be presented with an entirely new challenge as he competes in the ultra-competitive LMP3 class in IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda in 2017.
At 17-years-old, Schwab comes to Performance Tech with a long list of accomplishments under his belt; having won multiple go-kart championships and most recently finishing in the top five of the Skip Barber Summer Series in 2016. He also holds the Skip Barber lap record at Roebling Roads Raceway. This year, Schwab has his sights set on adding a few more titles to his name, one being the MPC class champion in IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda. This year is his first season with the team and in the series.