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.
Masson joined Performance Tech in 2016, competing in IMSA Prototype Challenge 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 Performance Tech Motorsports winner of the Michelin Endurance Cup. Those wins equated to Performance Tech's first championship in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship PC class. Masson continues his journey in the LMP2 class in 2019 and joins the Baker brothers in an LMP3 for the first time.
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. In 2018, before the retirement of the class, he became the lone winner of the MPC class at Daytona International Speedway. In 2019, he makes his debut in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Rolex 24At Daytona driving the No. 38 ORECA in the new LMP2 class.
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 won the LMP3 Masters Championship in 2018, his first year of prototype racing. Now, he returns to IMSA Prototype Challenge with his site set on the overall LMP3 Championship. He is also set to make his first start in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series at the Rolex 24 At Daytona driving the No. 38 ORECA LMP2.
French joined Performance Tech Motorsports in 2014. 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. In 2019, French will try his hand at IMSA Prototype Challenge racing, sharing an LMP3 with teammate Cameron Cassels.
Mount is in his first season of racing with Performance Tech Motorsports racing in the IMSA Prototype Challenge series, but he’s far from being a rookie. Mount joins the team with an open-wheel background. He last competed in the Formula Atlantic Championship where he finished second overall in the championship. For Mount racing isn’t always about the adrenalin rush of going top speeds, sometimes racing is about bringing awareness to a social movement. Mount plans to leverage his opportunities to create awareness and focus on reducing teenage mental illness stigmas or stereo types; supporting care and access; workplace health; and research for treatments and cures. As Mount stated, “Many teenagers and young adults need know to seek help and know that there are treatments and cures that can help them lead productive and happy lives.”
Baker shares the No. 19 Ligier JS P3 with brother Brad Baker and Kyle Masson. Together the trio competes in the IMSA Prototype Challenge series. This is Bakers first year with Performance Tech Motorsports and his first full season in the prototype development series. Baker began racing at 16 years old when his father took him and his brother historic racing. Since then he has continued to race cars of every shape and size. In 2008, he began looking into contemporary cars, trying his hand in F1600 and F2000. However, it was when he returned to historic race cars in 2014 that he started to further his interest in prototype racing. Looking for something faster and higher tech he began LMP3 racing.
Baker joins Performance Tech Motorsports with his brother Dean in their first season of IMSA Prototype Challenge. This is Bakers first year with Performance Tech Motorsports. While he has always had an appreciation for the sport Baker has not always had the time, he’s spent the majority of his days building Kerr Industries which graces the side of his No. 19 Ligier JS P3. Prior to hopping in the LMP3 Baker raced in historic series driving former Le mans and Formula 1 race cars.