Pro Mazda - Michele Bumgarner

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Michelle Bumgarner
Michele Bumgarner
Driver Info
Michele Bumgarner
  • Birthday: Sep 2, 1989
  • Hometown: Manila, Philippines
  • Residence: Avon, IN
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  • Team Website:World Speed Motorsports
Biography of Michele Bumgarner

Hobbies: Traveling, the beach, movies, sushi and being with family and friends

Languages Spoken: English, Tagalog

Racing goal: To be a very successful race car driver and make a living out of it, and to be the first woman to win the Indy 500 and IndyCar championship.

Racing hero: Being from the Philippines, I grew up watching Formula 1, so it would have to be Kimi Raikkonen. I was always a fan of his!

My fitness routine includes: Everyday workouts at PitFit.

The one talent I wish I had: I wish I could surf!

An interesting note about me: My brother is a very popular fashion designer in the Philippines. I’m so proud of him, check out his Facebook page at Mark Bumgarner Manila.

2013: Made two starts in Pro Mazda at Houston, claiming a top-10 finish and earning the Quarter Master Hard Charger Award for most positions gained in the race.

2009: Won TaG Senior Class at Rock Island Gran Prix, the largest kart street race in North America for a second straight year as a MARGAY Kart Manufacturer driver ... finished third in WKA TaG Championship.

2008: Made Pro Mazda debut at Sebring ... contested five races during partial season ... finished sixth in TaG Senior class out of 48 entries during WKA Daytona Kart Week ... finished 12th out of 84 entries in Robo-Pong Endurance Race.

2007: Selected for ACCELERATE Program by S&L Racing Team after four-day competition at Phoenix, Las Vegas and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca race tracks in various formula cars.

2006: First female winner in the Asian Formula 3 Series and youngest female participant with wins at BRC; Sentul, Indonesia; Batangas Raceway, Philippines and numerous podium finishes ... finished third overall in AF3 Promotions Class Championship ... named as Goodwill Ambassador of the Philippines’ Department of Tourism for Wellness and Sports ... set lap record at Carmona Kart Track, Philippines.

2005: Winner of Formula BMW Scholarship by Formula BMW Racing School at Bahrain Formula 1 track ... nominated for Golden Wheel Award for Overall Motorsports Driver of the Year ... named Karter of the Year in the Philippines ... heat race winner in the Suzuka Asia Pacific Championships to become the first Philippines driver to win an international kart race ... selected for the Red Bull Young Drivers Search semi-finals for karting in Sonoma, Calif., finishing fourth after qualifying in first out of 90 drivers.

2004: Won several Formula Toyota races at BRC, Philippines at the age of 14 ... won Golden Wheel Award for Overall Motorsports Driver of the Year ... recipient of Automobile Association of the Philippines Motorsports Award ... recipient of Philippine Sports’ Association Citation for Karting ... finished second in Super Series Karting Philippines Open Class.

2003: Recipient of the Golden Wheel Award for Overall Motorsports Driver/Karter of the Year in the Philippines ... won the overall championship ... claimed the Asian Intercontinental Junior Karting championship.

Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2014 Pro Mazda 11 0 0 0 0 0 10
2013 Pro Mazda 2 0 0 0 1 0 1
Total 13 0 0 0 1 0 11
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
World Speed Motorsports

As one of America's most dynamic racing ventures, World Speed Motorsports has operated multi-car programs in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship, Star Mazda Pro Series, Formula Car Challenge, and Formula Renault. In the Atlantic series, the team demonstrated its ability to be a frontrunner on every type of circuit, from the streets of Long Beach to the shores of Montreal.

WSM is a proven winner, and plans to continue this tradition for many years to come. In 2009 the team began to delve into sedan and endurance racing programs and has already proven to be a winner there as well.

Mission Statement & Core Values:
 •  To do the right thing in all things.
 •  To fulfill the visceral love people have for speed, competition and technology.
 •  To be the best run and operating business in the racing world.
 •  To have a positive effect on the world that we live and work in.