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.
On the 17th of February, Charles Pic takes over DAMS from the Driot family, helping to continue the legacy of Jean-Paul Driot.
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 170 races. Out of these successes, more than 33 former DAMS drivers have reached Formula 1, including current racers Pierre Gasly, Carlos Sainz, Kevin Magnussen, 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.
Originally partnering with Renault, the team won the first three teams’ titles, with Sébastien Buemi taking the 2015-16 drivers’ title.
Ahead of the 2018-19 season, Nissan became the team’s new partner, forming Nissan e.dams.
Sadly, on 3 August 2019, at the age of 68, Jean-Paul passed away after a long battle with illness. The team was then run by his two sons, Gregory and Olivier.
On 17th February 2022, Charles Pic took over DAMS, helping to continue the family legacy.