ALV Talent Circuit proudly welcomes world-class race car driver Michele Bumgarner to its growing roster of talents.
Since last year, the talent management outfit headed by Arnold Vegafria has diversified its lineup by including international and local sports personalities such as Andrew Wolff, Eric Tai, Chris Everingham and Harry Morris of the Philippine Volcanoes; pro cager James Yap; pro golfer Jayvie Agojo; hard court heartthrobs David and Anthony Semerad; hard court hunk Chris Banchero; Global FC football player Angel Guirado, and FC Stallions goalkeeper Pedro Marenco.
Representing Asia and the Philippines, Michele is currently gearing up for the upcoming ProMazda Championship series.
She will be leaving Manila on Jan. 31 and will be doing two warm-up races at the end of
February in New Orleans, Louisiana and Birmingham, Alabama before she heads to St.
Petersburg, Florida at the end of March for the first race of the Pro Mazda Championship’s 2014 season.
The Mazda Road to Indy touts a developmental ladder system that is supposed to prepare drivers for the Indycar series and the prestigious Indianapolis 500.
A proud Filipina, Bumgarner is the first Asian to get this far.
In 2013, she made her mark at the Grand Prix of Houston Indycar series, making it to the top 10 and bringing home two awards. This served as the qualifier and preparation for her run to thefull Pro Mazda Championship.
Michele was born and raised in the Philippines to a Filipina mother and an American father. She represents the Philippines and Asian people worldwide in her Professional Motorsports activities.
She raced go-karts for nine years at various levels and locations with several championships; and now for the past two years has focused on open-wheel car racing in North America with the goal of achieving the top levels of Indy Car Series. She continues to race go-karts professionally as karting is still one of the best ways to keep in top forrn for open-wheel racing. Michele’s open-wheel car racing experience to date is: Formula Toyota, Formula BMW, Formula-3 and Star Mazda in preparation for the Indy Lights Series in North America. Her overall motorsports career goal is to graduate to the top level of the Indy Car Series, moving forward as the opportunities exist.
On Sept. 19, 2008, Michele became the first female champion of the Rock Island Grand Prix in Rock Island, Illinois, USA the world’s largest street karting race, the 7th foreign-born winner in its 14-year history.
Over the next three years Michele will be involved in The Mazda Road to Indy that is Indycar’s developmental ladder system to prepare drivers for the IZOD IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500. It includes the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, and Firestone Indy Lights.
All three affiliated “junior” series offer the challenge of racing on ovals, road courses and temporary street circuits, and program participants can showcase their drivers and teams in front of IZOD IndyCar Series team owners each year. As part of the Mazda Road to Indy, all drivers and teams in the affiliated series can also take advantage of various promotional efforts provided by INDYCAR.
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