Asian Karting Queen Michele Bumgarner bags awards in Houston Grand Prix

By JV Villar, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

October 7, 2013

HOUSTON–Representing Asia and the Philippines, auto racer Michele Bumgraner made her mark at the Grand Prix of Houston Indycar series. Michele’s debut on the 2013 series serves as a qualifier and preparation for her to run the full pro Mazda Championship series in 2014 in Florida. She not only made the top ten cut, but brought home two awards. “I’m so proud of her to representing the Philippine as I’m a Filipina mommy, so proud of her and good luck for the rest of her race,” said Monina Bumgarner, Michele’s mother.

Competing in a sport dominated by men, Michele knew, the challenge was tough, she qualified finishing number 14th for race number one. “You want her fit right into the car because when you actually feel a cargo is loose, it’s not your arms that feel it first it’s your tail feathers so you want her to be right up against that car married right tight in it she can become one with the race car that’s the safest place for her to be,” said Lee Ann Nash of Nash Performance Group.

But with focus and determination, Michele found her way around the Indycar series circuit on day 2, finishing 9th.
She received the Staubli award and Quarter Master Hard Charger award for a gain of four positions in #6 Mazda Philippine Race Car. “I’m very happy very thankful to all the supporters out there, keep supporting, proud Pinoy, thank you to Mazda, Philippines for all the help, said the Michele, dubbed as the “Asian Karting Queen.”

Michele is now on her way up to the full Indy route championship in Florida next year as the first Asian to get this far.

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  • Brian Goldman
    8 October 2013 at 6:12 am - Reply

    As a Grid Official let me say she was also one of the friendliest drivers. An excellent representative for your Nation

  • Jorge Buesa
    9 October 2013 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Good for her, not anyone can do what she did ! I think she might have learn to drive on the streets of Manilia ? She is a excellent representative for the philippines. She really is the first and only Asian Karting Queen ! Maybe someday she might drive in America for a race team ? Good Luck !

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