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Mission / Vision

“To unite the racing community under the single purpose of improving safety standards in all forms of motorsport.”

About Us

 

The Motorsport Safety Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving safety standards in motorsport. It is a community where the motorsport industry can come together and have a single voice, a place to share safety concerns and collaborate on research.

The charity, founded in honor of late professional racecar driver Sean Edwards, continuously works to amend those issues that can prevent another driver, crew member, marshal or even fan from serious injury or death.

 

Our Goals

 

The Motorsport Safety Foundation will address the growing problem of fragmented groups that are in need of having their ideas consolidated in one transparent place. All participants will have access to an open forum where they will be able to express their safety concerns, all with the objective to:

  • Promote motorsport safety education and awareness.
  • Create an online motorsport database of safety specialists and organizations.
  • Build a fundraising platform for safety related projects.
  • Collaborate with accredited safety research entities.
  • Give drivers and participants a transparent network to voice their concerns.
  • Provide solutions to the safety issues from within our network.

 

Advisory Board

Chairman, Director & President

Henrique Cisneros is a semi-professional racecar driver who has competed in several U.S. motor racing championships such as the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), Grand-Am Series and the Porsche GT3 Cup, among others. Mr. Cisneros won the Porsche GT3 Cup national championship two years in a row in 2010 and 2011 and has several class wins at the American Le Mans Series GTC category. He is also Co-owner and Director of MOMO Italy, a global automotive safety accessories company. He is currently a Director at Cisneros Corporation and has expertise in sales, marketing, social media and finance. 

Chief Operating Officer

Scot Elkins is a motorsport industry veteran having been Managing Director, Technical Regulations; VP, Competition and COO for IMSA; Technical Director for ChampCar; and a Race Engineer for NASCAR and IRL teams. Elkins brings 20+ years of motorsport experience to the Foundation, providing expertise in areas such as officiating, event operations, race management, circuit inspection and vehicle design/engineering. Elkins graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. He has 3 children and resides in Sunnyvale, CA with his wife, Lauren.

Member of the Advisory Board

Eduardo Cisneros is a semi-professional racecar driver who started competing in the 2011 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama hosted by the International Motor Sport Association (IMSA) sanctioning body where he won the Gold Cup Award. Mr. Cisneros continued competing in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge for two consecutive years (2012 & 2013). In 2013, Mr. Cisneros obtained his professional driver license to compete in the American Le Mans Series. Mr. Cisneros will provide his expertise in business administration to the Foundation. 

Member of the Advisory Board

Beaux Barfield is a former professional racecar driver and current motorsport functionary. Mr. Barfield started his career in the motorsport field as a Race Steward for the now defunct Champ Car Series (2003–2007). In 2008, he became Race Director of the prestigious American Le Mans Series; then to become President of Competition at IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012. He is currently Race Director of the International Motor Sport Association (IMSA). Mr. Barfield will assist with research on motorsport safety standards. 

Member of the Advisory Board

Mark Llano is a successful entrepreneur, investment banker, war veteran and semi-professional racecar driver. In 2012, Mr. Llano founded SERKET Racing, a Porsche racing team that competes with the goal of raising awareness and assistance for war veterans and their families. Mr. Llano has vast experience in fundraising and charities.

Member of the Advisory Board

Martyn Thake has over 30 years of professional motorsport experience, has performed hundreds of track inspections, designs and redesigns for Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), International Motor Sport Association (IMSA) / American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), all members of The Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS) and affiliates of the Federation Internationale de l‘Automobile (FIA). Mr. Thake’s professional background ranges from event promoter to insurance and risk management inspector as well as facility and track designer. He is a member of Horton Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), the IndyCar Safety Team and spent five years as CEO of a race car manufacturer. He will provide expertise in track safety advice and guidance. 

Member of the Advisory Board

Dr. James Norman is an experienced racer having competed in IMSA GT3 Cup, Continental Challenge, American Le Mans Series (ALMS), and Grand-Am. He is a past “Rookie of the Year” in both Continental Challenge and Grand-Am. He was a winner of the 2013 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona (GX class) and the 2013 Grand-Am Endurance Championship. He was the 2013 Grand-Am Driver’s Champion (GX class) and has 18 professional podium finishes. Dr. Norman will focus on the medical research of collision, injury and the causes of death of drivers as well as public figures to bring awareness to the public and the cause.

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