MICHELE Bumgarner looks to take a huge step in a bid to make it to the IndyCar Series as she vies in the Pro Mazda Championship series next year.
The Pro Mazda Championship race series is an open-wheel driver development series held in various race tracks in North America.
The race series is part of the “Road to Indy” program developed by Mazda to prepare race car drivers for the IndyCar Series.
Steven Tan, CEO of Berjaya Auto Philippines which is Mazda’s official distributor in the country, said Mazda Philippines will be supporting Bumgarner in the Pro Mazda Championship series.
Michele’s father and manager Lee Bumgarner said that if everything goes well, Michele could be racing in the IndyCar Series by 2016.
Born in Mandaluyong, Bumgarner started racing at the age of 10 in the National Karting Series. She has participated in other international race events such as the Asia-Pacific Karting Championships Japan, Asian Karting Open Championship, the Italian Masters Series and the Asian Formula Three Championship, among others.
In 2008, Michele became the first female champion of the Rock Island Grand Prix in Illinois, which hosts the world’s largest street karting race.