Driot Associés Motor Sport (DAMS) is founded by Jean-Paul Driot and seven-time Formula 1 Grand Prix winner Rene Arnoux.
Olivier Panis takes three wins on the way to the F3000 drivers’ title.
He moved to F1 the following year with Ligier, with who he would claim his famous 1996 Monaco Grand Prix victory.
DAMS competes in the Sports Racing World Cup, taking four wins with the Lola B98/10 in its first season.
DAMS wins the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup drivers’ championship with Jose Maria Lopez after taking five wins.
Lopez would go on to become a triple World Touring Car champion with Citroen and a WEC race winner with Toyota.
DAMS wins in the inaugural A1 Grand Prix championship running Team France, taking 13 wins in the 22 races.
DAMS takes the teams’ and drivers’ titles in the 2009 and 2010 Formula Le Mans Cup championships.
More than 30 years’ experience
Jean-Paul Driot established Driot Associés Motor Sport (DAMS) at the end of 1988, before debuting in the 1989 International Formula 3000 season.
Based in La Sarthe, near the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit, the team was managed by Jean-Paul for more than 30 years. Following his passing in August 2019, his sons Olivier and Gregory now run the team.
Having mainly competed in single-seater championships since its foundation, DAMS has built an impressive racing CV over the years, winning 31 international titles and over 160 races. Out of these successes, more than 32 former DAMS drivers have reached Formula 1, including six current racers: Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, Pierre Gasly, Carlos Sainz, Alexander Albon and Nicholas Latifi.
DAMS’ experience also extends to endurance and GT racing, having competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans six times for prestigious manufacturers, including Cadillac and Panoz. DAMS has also won titles in Formula Le Mans Cup and taken victories in the Sports Racing World Cup.
DAMS is a visionary team that has always been involved in the evolution of motorsport, entering the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship in 2014.
That year, Jean-Paul and five-time F1 world champion Alain Prost became partners, with the support of reputable French manufacturer Renault, to create Renault e.dams.
e.dams was crowned teams’ champions in the inaugural season (2014-15) with its drivers Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost, as it would be for the first three seasons. Buemi went on to take the drivers’ crown in the 2015-16 campaign.
After four successful years, Nissan became the team’s new partner with the team now running under the name Nissan e.dams from the 2018/19 season.