Team

Since 2008, a dozen groups have proposed motorsports clubs in Florida of a size and scale large enough to support an extraordinary racetrack. None have been able to secure community support or land approvals to proceed. Until now.

We have secured critical approvals to create the world's ultimate motorsports community with two monster 4.5-mile and 3.2-mile racetracks, almost a million square feet of customizable garages, 125 private residences, club facilities and amenities, and more. That's because we have a proven track record in the design, construction, and management of exceptional automotive country clubs as well as race sanctioning, commercial, and residential real estate development experience.

Founding Partner, Chairman

Ari Straus

While private club tracks are a relatively new concept, one of the first was Monticello Motor Club (MMC), now in its 16th year and widely recognized as the world’s premier automotive country club. Ari Straus is a founding partner of MMC and served as its managing partner/CEO for 12 years. He developed its 670-acre master site plan that was approved with overwhelming community support, oversaw major expansion projects, and tripled club membership. Ari retired from MMC in 2022, but remains an owner and member of the club.

Previously, Ari founded mdINR, a healthcare software and service provider (sold 2010 to Lincare Holdings). Earlier in his career, Ari worked for Coca-Cola, Deloitte Consulting, and served as general manager for Walmart.com. He received his BA from Franklin & Marshall College and MBA from Emory University.

Since 2000, Ari has pursued his passion for motorsports competition as a “gentleman driver” in dozens of professional races across various series including IMSA Rolex/WeatherTech, Ferrari Challenge, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, IMSA Prototype Challenge (IMSA Lites), Radical Cup, and Mazda MX-5 Cup. Ari is also an avid scuba diver, private pilot, and competitive Scrabble player.

Ari and his wife, Molly, live in Tampa and have three children: Asher, Simone, and Aurora (an actual professional racecar driver - unlike her dad).

Founding Partner

Molly McCoy Straus

Molly McCoy Straus is a professional consultant who specializes in developing compelling business communications, including logic structure, supporting visuals, and clear, efficient language. She has practiced at McKinsey & Company, as well as Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting).  As an owner at Monticello Motor Club, Molly was involved with many aspects of the business, focusing on teen and family programs and communications.

After leaving management consulting, Molly 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 business school.

Molly and her husband, Ari, live in Tampa, not far from Molly’s childhood home in Land O’ Lakes. They have three children: Asher, Simone, and Aurora. Aurora is a professional racer and founder of "Girls With Drive,” an initiative that aims at mentoring and inspiring young girls to pursue careers in the automotive industry. During Aurora's freshman year at Harvard, she and Molly created and managed the world’s first sleep-away race camp for teens, a program they continued to expand at MMC for several years.

Founding Partner, President/CEO

Al Guibord

Al Guibord is a serial entrepreneur with a lifelong passion for motorsports. Upon a successful career in the software industry, Al transitioned to commercial real estate development, as well as specialty retail and the manufacturing sector.

Al has raced extensively for over 20 years in Formula Ford and Formula 2000 race cars all over the country. As an avid motorsports enthusiast, Al also enjoys racing his NASCAR Modified, dirt biking, and has competed in 24 Hours of Lemons events. In 2006, Al founded and created Formula Race Promotions (FRP), which has developed into one of the largest and longest successfully running race promotion organizations in the country for open-wheel cars. FRP consists of three different national championship series: the F1600, F2000, and Formula Atlantic Championship Series.

Al resides in New Hampshire with his wife, Becky, and two children, Connor and Taylor. As President/CEO of P1 Motor Club, Al brings his entrepreneurial vision, passion, and expertise for motorsports and real estate.

Gregory Schain

Founding Partner

Gregory Schain

Gregory Schain is a founding partner of New Mill Capital Holdings (NMCH), one of the largest buyers of closed turnkey manufacturing plants in the United States and a large provider of industrial asset auctions and repositioning.

Since founding NMCH in 2011, Greg has led acquisitions on over 25 million square feet of industrial properties in over 30 states and Canada. These properties run the gamut of industry types, ranging from food, pharmaceutical, and chemical to paper mills, printing plants, textile mills, and aluminum smelters. In recent years, the investment profile has expanded into other real estate product types, including residential development, net leased retail and industrial acquisitions, and special situation investing.

Greg holds a BA in Business Economics and Public Policy from UCLA and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and three young children.

Partner

Mike Watkins

Mike Watkins is a builder and developer in upstate New York. After graduating from Lafayette College with a degree in Economics, Mike spent 10 years in the technology field, serving as chief technology officer for several internet startups. Mike started his first building company in 2005, and has become one of the premier builders in the Catskills. Since then, Mike has completed over $100M in residential and commercial projects. In fact, some of Mike’s homes and buildings have been featured in well-known magazines, books, and television.

Mike created Motor Club Estates, one of the first residential communities in the country that focuses on race cars and racing, adjacent to Monticello Motor Club (MMC). He also provided complete design and build services to MMC for many of its facilities including its member clubhouse, expansive car gallery, state-of-the-art service center, employee housing, and car condominiums.

At P1MC, Mike will apply his decades of building experience and unique expertise in private automotive clubs. He will oversee all construction, from infrastructure and water treatment to the clubhouse, GarageMahals, Autominiums, and residences.

Mike is also a fellow motorsports enthusiast. He started racing Spec Miatas in 2014 and Porsche Cayman racecars in 2019. In 2018, he won MMC’s club championship. Mike believes in contributing to the community and serves on two non-profit boards: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and the Signal 30 Foundation to support State Troopers and their families in times of need.

Director of Fun

Chris Duplessis

Chris Duplessis is a name that resonates with motorsports enthusiasts worldwide as a former factory driver for Scion and Ford, a four-time National Champion in Performance Rally, and one of the few Americans who have competed in the prestigious FIA World Rally Championship, the pinnacle of rally racing.

From 2012 through 2021, Chris served in various leadership roles at Monticello Motor Club (MMC) from Chief Instructor to Racetrack and Facilities Manager to Director of Experiences, overseeing all the automotive activities and events.

Returning to his rally roots, he created and launched MMC’s first off-road performance courses and member competition series utilizing Cross Karts, an FIA-certified chassis enjoyed by thousands of racers across Europe and Asia for its safety record and versatile use on dirt or asphalt.
 
Chris moved to Tampa in 2022 to serve as Motorsports Director for Tampa Motor Enclave, a new experiential facility that combines a private club and a public venue for automotive enthusiasts.
 
In 2024, Chris joined P1MC's leadership team as Director of Fun. He will be responsible for designing, creating, and launching robust off-road programs for P1MC's private members, serving as the master of ceremonies for all special member events and competition, and leading all experiential corporate programs.
 
Chris's goal is to make sure that everyone who comes to P1MC leaves with a smile on their face and a story to tell, saying, "I've never had more fun in my life."