Monticello Motor Club, North America’s Premier Automotive Country Club and Private Race Track, features 4.1 miles of smooth race-grade asphalt dedicated to the driving pleasure of its members – individuals and families who are passionate about motorsports, who relish the driving experience, and who seek a place of belonging among like-minded people. Just 90 minutes from New York City, MMC is more than a race track. It is a luxury family destination with an array of services and amenities, such as professional instruction, track-side support, premium car storage, racecar rentals, a complete karting facility, an expansive off-road course, private race schools for novice to experienced track enthusiasts, corporate entertainment, fine dining, and five-star services.
Track & Facilities
The soul of Monticello Motor Club is its road course, comprising 4.1 miles of race-grade asphalt. Built to test a professional racecar driver, but designed to be safe for the first-time Club member, the road course is set on 670 wooded acres of undulating terrain and features:
- Grand corners reminiscent of great European tracks
- Over 1.5 miles of straights, some of the longest in North America
- 450 feet of thrilling elevation changes
- A total of 22 turns including hairpins, increasing, and decreasing radius
With over four miles and a variety of layouts, the course is capable of operating as three independent circuits that can run simultaneously. With so many configurations possible, it’s almost like coming to a new venue every time. The complex includes two separate pit facilities in addition to a skid pad area. The design is the first combined effort of Brian Redman, world-famous driving champion and winner of 77 races in 12 countries, and Bruce Hawkins, the preeminent architect of next-generation race tracks.
The MMC Karting Track, along the North Straight, provides MMC members and their families with access to one of the Northeast’s finest karting facilities. It includes a 0.6-mile asphalt ribbon, 30 feet of total elevation changes, and a family-friendly karting clubhouse.
Our members enjoy multi-class races, endurance events, family camps, youth programs, and much more. Proper lighting, curbing, timing, and barrier systems also allow for true member high-speed performance karting events.
A fleet of Sodi Karts are available for rental for members, guests, families, and private outings. We also have Birel karts for members with karting experience looking for race performance.
Monticello Motor Club has developed some of the finest motorsports facilities in the world to compliment our 4.1-mile road course, 0.6-mile karting track, and miles of off-road trails for exclusive Land Rover Experiences. Members and their guests have access to our South Pavilion, a stunning track-side clubhouse complete with classrooms, a dining area, bar, kitchen, members-only lounge, private locker rooms and showers, wireless Internet, a pro shop, and attached temperature-controlled garages. In addition, members have access to our safe, heated car storage facilities, private garages, fuel services (93, 100 octane), full automotive service center, karting services and kid’s lounge adjacent to our karting track, detailing center, and helipad. On-site security services are staffed 24/7.
- Additional private garages
- On-site overnight accommodations
- Private residences
- North Clubhouse
2016 BMW 750Li: Living the High Life – September 3rd, 2015
2016 BMW 7-Series First Drive – August 27, 2015
Robb Holland Tests The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V – August 21, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Test Drive – July 10, 2015
2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR Road Test – July 08, 2015
2016 McLaren 570S First Look – June 2015
PCA Club Racing at Monticello Motor Club – May 12, 2015
Hard not to be impressed with the Lexus RC F coupe – Feb. 13, 2015
Inside the Gates of America’s Not-So-Secret Private Racetracks – Feb. 13, 2015
2015 Pagani Huayra Reviewed at The Monticello Motor Club – Dec. 18, 2014
Pagani Huayra hits the Monticello Motor Club Circuit – Oct. 28, 2014
Jaguar F-Type Review – Fast, Sexy, But Not So Silent – Oct. 24, 2014
2015 Mclaren unleashed at the Monticello Motor Club – Oct. 24, 2014
Pagani Day at Monticello Motor Club in Pictures – Oct. 08, 2014
Physics-defying 458 Speciale Zips Past Excess – June 02, 2014
McLaren Track Day at Monticello Motor Club with 650S’s – May 21, 2014
Monticello Motor Club Brought A Slovakian Race Car To NYC – Jan. 31, 2014
MMC Brings Praga Race car to NYC – Jan. 31, 2014
Monticello Motor Club featured on CNBC – Oct. 16, 2013
15 Year Old Radical Driver – Sept. 28, 2013
MMC Expansion Plans Announced – Sept. 27, 2013
Road and Track Praga Test Drive – Sept. 17, 2013
Monticello Motor Club to Expand With Kart Track, ‘Autominiums’ – Sept. 17, 2013
Lamborghini Classic Diablo Zooms to 202 MPH Exotic Dream – July 10, 2013
Nick Longhi, VP of Motorsports
Nick is best known to United Sportscar (Grand-Am) fans as a two-time Continental Tire Challenge GS Champion with the Bacardi Rum Bum Team. In addition to competing as a pro racing driver, Nick is also a highly respected coach for up-and-coming drivers in both pro racing and support series such as the Ferrari Challenge. He is also the Chief Instructor at the Ferrari Driving Experience, which is held in North America at Mont Tremblant.
As MMC’s VP of Motorsports, Nick is the Race Steward for MMC’s private member race series, including the MMC Challenge Powered by Chopard and the Queally Miata Challenge. He also manages the selection and development of MMC Staff Pro Drivers and visiting coaches.
Our full-time Professional Driving and Racing Coaches are a select group that compete in the highest echelons of professional racing and are well-known among road racing fans who follow the IMSA United SportsCar Championship, Mazda Road to Indy, and Pirelli World Challenge. Our staff help develop MMC members, from novices with no prior track experience (which represent half of all MMC members prior to joining) to members preparing to compete professionally. In fact, over 12 members, through advanced race instruction, have progressed from no experience to competing in a true professional races broadcasted on national TV.
JASON RABE: LEAD PRO INSTRUCTOR
Jason Rabe is a graduate of the Bertil Roos Racing School, winner of the Roos Rookie Runoffs, and past SCCA South Jersey Region Rookie of the Year. After years of competing in the Spec Racer Ford, Formula Mazda, and Formula Atlantic classes he went pro racing in 2012 and 2013 entering select rounds of the F2000 Championship Series and Pro Mazda Championship at NJMP and the Houston Grand Prix, earning impressive debut results. In 2014, Jason ranked 13th in points in the F2000 Championship, winning its Hard Charger Award for passing the most cars. He was also the expert class winner at the Indianapolis Grand Prix in the Pro Mazda Championship. Jason made his sportscar racing debut in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in 2014, and currently competes in the #31 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman sponsored by Delaware Investments and Monticello Motor Club. Jason has also appeared on Ford’s Octane Academy television show and has been a precision driver for multiple TV commercial shoots.
CHRIS DUPLESSIS: TRACK MANAGER
Chris Duplessis has made a name for himself in the world of Performance Rally motorsports, racking up eight championships including four at the national level. In 2010 Chris became a factory driver for Scion, helping the company develop its Rally xD program. That same year, Chris competed at the ESPN X Games 16, placing 6th overall. Chris raced and developed the Ford Fiesta R2 program in 2011, and with Ford’s support competed in four rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship, joining a very small group of Americans to ever compete at the world level. In 2012, he was named the Rally America 2WD Champion. Most recently, Chris has teamed up with Nameless Performance to pilot their Toyota GT86 in select rounds across North America.
BEN HAYMANN: PRO INSTRUCTOR
Ben Haymann’s passion and obsession for cars and racing started at age 15, when he learned to slide his father’s rally car on frozen lakes. It’s been a steady escalation of the motorsports experience ever since, from instructing for car clubs to racing Spec Renaults. Ben has also been an instructor at Skip Barber Racing School. As more opportunities in the racing world present themselves, Ben continues to push forward by racing and instructing at a Pro level.
STEVAN MCALEER: PRO INSTRUCTOR
Stevan McAleer won his first trophy in 1998 at West of Scotland Kart Club, and between then and 2004 became a 4-time Scottish Open karting champion. Stevan reached the finals of “Be A Racing Driver” scholarship in 2004, and won it in 2005 to earn a fully funded season in the 2006 Skip Barber Eastern Regional Championships in America. Stevan has collected countless wins and podium finishes, competing in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Championship, the MX5 Playboy Cup, the Pro F2000 Open Wheel Championships, the Skip Barber National Championship, and other series. Stevan won the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Cup Championship with CJ Wilson, the team with which he currently competes. He is also team owner of ModSpace Motorsports/McCumbee McAleer Racing.
JUSTIN PISCITELL: PRO INSTRUCTOR
Justin Piscitell began his driving career at Skip Barber Racing School, where he won both its summer and winter series championships in 2008. Justin went on to win the Mazda Speed Shootout and was named rookie of the year in the 2009 Mazda Speed Playboy MX-5 series. Justin has also competed in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, setting lap records at Watkins Glenn in the MER Mazdaspeed 3. When not instructing at MMC, Justin coaches clients in multiple series including the Playboy Mx-5 cup and IMSA CTSC. During the 2014 season Justin ran several races in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, in both the ST and GS classes.
John Barker, Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board, Partner
John Barker is the managing director at Neuberger Berman, an active philanthropist and a trustee of The Blythedale Children’s Hospital. He is also a member of the Alumni Association of St Raymond High School for Boys through which he funds academic and athletic scholarships. Mr. Barker is a collector of classic automobiles.
Laura Barker, Partner
Laura Barker is co-owner and operator of Elm Restaurant in New Canaan, Conn. She was instrumental in creating Elm’s brand, and consulted on the redesign of the restaurant’s space leading up to its 2012 opening. Currently, Laura assists with the restaurant’s day-to day operations, including its social media presence, publicity, staffing, design, and more. Laura earned her BS in Finance from Penn State. She is a board member of the New Canaan YMCA and serves on its Capital Campaign Leadership Committee. She previously served as a board member of the Summer Theater of New Canaan, and led fundraising efforts. She has also served as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan. Laura is married to John Barker, MMC partner, co-founder, and chairman of the Board of Directors. The couple has three children: Kelly, Jack, and Emma.
Anthony Borcich MD, Partner
Anthony Borcich is a one of the top Gastroenterologist’s in Manhattan, an avid car enthusiast, and a fan of the American-built Corvette.
Chris Hooper, Partner
Chris is a private equity investor, currently working at San-Francisco-based Golden Gate Capital, which he joined in 2011. Prior to joining Golden Gate, Mr. Hooper worked at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a New York-based private equity firm, alongside MMC co-founder Paul Queally. Previously, Mr. Hooper was an investment banker in the restructuring group at Lazard. Mr. Hooper has a B.A. in Economics from Colgate University (summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa). Mr. Hooper is an avid race fan and is a graduate of Skip Barber racing school.
Molly McCoy, Partner
Molly McCoy is a professional consultant who specializes in developing compelling business communications, including logic structure, supporting visuals, clear and efficient language, and engaging presentations. She has practiced at McKinsey & Company, as well as Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting), both based in Atlanta, Ga. After leaving management consulting, she worked with small start-up companies developing initial business plans for presentation to potential investors. Prior to entering the communication field, Molly managed treasury relationships with large corporate customers at Bank of America. Molly attended Duke University as an undergraduate and Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg School of Management for graduate school. She is married to MMC Partner Ari Straus, who serves as MMC’s president and CEO. The couple lives in Cold Spring, N.Y. and has three children, Asher, Simone, and Aurora. Aurora, 16, is following her father’s example and developing into an avid racer.
Bill McMichael, Director, Partner
William McMichael is an entrepreneur and founder of several health care companies. He also founded and managed a commercial/residential real estate development company. Mr. McMichael sold his last company to Walgreen’s in 2006. He is an auto enthusiast and racer. Mr. McMichael participates in various charities and founded the “Cops for Kids” annual event at MMC that has raised tens of thousands for a variety of Sullivan County, NY-based children’s charities.
Paul Orwicz, Partner
Paul Christopher Orwicz is a Founding Member and initial investor in the Monticello Motor Club. He has been fascinated with cars since childhood. His interest spans all forms of motorsports from F1 to go-karts. In 1998 he realized his dream of racing sports cars with the BMW Car Club of America Club Racing program, entering a BMW M3. Over the years he progressed throughout the ranks in BMW CCA, EMRA, and Porsche Club of America events. Highlights of his racing career include competing in the 2005 24Hours of Daytona and a 4th place overall finish in the 2005 IMSA Challenge by Michelin race series. Paul is a veteran money manager at SAC Capital in Stamford, CT and he graduated from New York University in 1990 with a BS in Finance. He was a two time Junior National Cycling Champion and National Cycling Team Member in 1986-7. He currently resides in New Canaan, CT with his wife and four children.
Paul B. Queally, Co-Founder & Director, Partner
Paul B. Queally is co-president of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe. Prior to joining Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, Mr. Queally was a general partner at the Sprout Group (the private equity arm of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation). He is a board member of United Surgical Partners, Inc., Concentra Inc., MedCath Inc., Aptuit, Inc., and several private companies.
Dan Rosenblatt, Partner
Dan Rosenblatt is a Managing Director at Neuberger Berman, where he and John Barker co-manage the Large Cap Disciplined Growth product. Dan has lived in Manhattan since graduating Yale in 1980.
Ari Straus, President/CEO, Partner
Ari serves as MMC’s operating partner. Earlier in his career, he worked for Deloitte Consulting and later founded the online retailer, Figleaves.com (sold 2000). Ari also served as a General Manager of Walmart.com and founded mdINR, a healthcare software and service provider (sold 2010 to Lincare Holdings, Nasdaq:LNCR). Ari actively competes in various professional racing series including United Sportscar (formerly Grand-Am), IMSA Cooper Lites Prototypes, and Goodyear Mazda MX-5 Cup (formerly Playboy Cup.) He also continues racing in various support and amateur series including Radical Cup, Porsche Club, NASA, and SCCA. In addition to professional racing, Ari is an avid scuba diver and private pilot.
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