Bio

Profile:

Name: Michael James Lewis
FIA License Rating: Gold
Occupation:
 Race Car Driver
Nationality: American
Date and Place of Birth: December 24, 1990 in Laguna Beach, California USA
College: Graduated From California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelors Degree in American Studies
Languages: English & Italian
Residence: Laguna Beach, CA
Height: 6 ft. .5 in. / 183 cm
Standard Weight: 145 lb / 66 kg
Driving Weight: 154 lb / 70 kg
Sexual Orientation and Gender Role: Male
Hobbies: Mountain Biking, Gokarting, Simulator Driving, and Swimming in the Ocean
Website:
www.mjlracing.com


Racing Career at a Glance:

2019: IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, TCR Cass with Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) using the Hyundai Veloster N TCR Race Car.

2018: Pirelli World Challenge, TCR Class with Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) using the Hyundai i30N TCR Race Car. The BHA Team earned the Teams’ Championship, Hyundai earned the Manufacturers’ Championship, and Michael finished P2 in the Drivers’ Championship. Michael was teammates with Mark Wilkins for a two-car entry by Bryan Herta Autosport. Michael scored 4 wins, 6 poles, and scored 6 other podium finishes this year.

2017: Pirelli World Challenge, SprintX Pro-Pro and Pro-Am GT Class, with K-PAX Racing using a McLaren 650S GT3 Race Car. Michael first competed with the #98 McLaren in the Pro-Am GT Class and then he was moved to the #6 McLaren in the Pro-Pro Class with Bryan Sellers.

In addition to racing the McLaren, Michael teamed with Preston Calvert in two additional events in 2017. Those events were:

The inaugural ICGTC California 8-Hour event at Laguna Seca, in Preston Calvert’s Porsche 911 GT3R with the GMG Motorsports team.

A P2 finish, overall, at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill in Preston Calvert’s 911 GT3 Cup Car with the Competition Motorsports/Calvert Dynamics team.

2016: Pirelli World Challenge, GT Class, partial season with EFFORT Racing/Curb-Agajanian and Calvert Dynamics/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 GT3 R

For the 2016 season, Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) granted Michael with the status: “Porsche Motorsport North America Young Driver.” Michael was teammates with Patrick Long for a two-car entry by EFFORT Racing/Curb-Agajanian and Michael was teammates with Preston Calvert and Andrew Davis with Calvert-Dynamics/Curb-Agajanian.

Race 1-2 Qualified P7 / Finished P7
Race 3-4 St. Petersburg, Florida: Qualified P1 / Finished P1 (Fastest Porsche Driver)
Race 5 Long Beach, California: Qualified P6 / Finished P6
Race 6-7 Barber, Alabama: Qualified P3 / Finished P5 (Fastest Porsche Driver)
Race 12-13 Road America, Wisconsin: Qualified P11 / Finished P10
Race 14-15 Mid Ohio: Qualified P6 / Finished P6 (Fastest Porsche Driver)
Race 16-17 Miller Motorsports Park, Utah: Qualified P1 / Finished P4
Race 18-19 Sonoma, California: Qualified P6 / Finished P5 (Fastest Porsche Driver)
Race 20 Laguna Seca, California: Qualified 13 / Finished P11

*Participated in 2 out of 3 Sprint X Pirelli World Challenge races as well: Michael won two out of the six total races (only entering in four of the six races), with 2 pole positions and 3 fastest laps as well. Michael was always the fastest Porsche driver in Sprint X.

2015: Pirelli World Challenge, GT Class, with EFFORT Racing/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 GT3 R

Michael officially turned “Pro” status at the Round 4 Barber Motorsport Park event. For the 2015 season, Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) granted Michael with the status: “Porsche Motorsport North America Young Driver.” Michael was teammates with Ryan Dalziel and Renger van der Zande for a two-car entry by EFFORT Racing. Results below are for the overall finishing position.

Race 1-2 Circuit of The Americas, Texas: Qualified P12 / Finished P5

Race 3-4 St. Petersburg, Florida: Qualified P15 / Finished P12

Race 5 Long Beach, California: Qualified P6 / Finished P4

Race 6-7 Barber Motorsports Park, Alabama: Qualified P3 / Finished P6

Race 8-9 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Canada: Qualified P9 / Finished P8

Race 10-11 Detroit, Michigan: Qualified P6 / Finished P7

Race 12-13 Road America, Wisconsin: Qualified P9 / Finished P5

Race 14-15 Mid Ohio: Qualified P4 / Finished P5

Race 16-17 Miller Motorsports Park, Utah: Qualified P4 / Finished P5

Race 18-19 Sonoma, California: Qualified P3 / Finished P11

Race 20 Laguna Seca, California: Qualified P8 / Finished P5 / Championship Position P8 (Top Rookie Honors)

2014: USA IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Championship, Platinum Class.

For the 2014 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, USA, Michael raced with a financial scholarship from IMSA, Yokohama Tire, and Porsche Motorsport North America. This scholarship was a result of his success at the exclusive Porsche Motorsport Young Driver Academy held at Barber Motorsports Park in November of 2013.

Race 1-2 Sebring, Florida: Qualified P8 / Finished P6 / Championship Position P7

Race 3-4 Laguna Seca, California: Qualified P1 / Finished P1 / Championship Position P2

Race 5-6 Lime Rock, Connecticut: Qualified P2 / Finished P3 / Championship Position P2

Race 7-8 Watkins Glen, New York: Qualified P3 / Finished P3 / Championship Position P3

Race 9-10 Mosport, Canada: Qualified P3 / Finished P4 / Championship Position P3

Race 11-12 Road America, Wisconsin: Qualified P1 / Finished P1 / Championship Position P3

* Participated in Oak Tree Grand Prix (GTD, GTLM). Finished P10 in GTD Class. Competed with GB Autosport as a substitute for their usual driver. Michael earned the ride and raced on merit.

Race 13-14 Circuit of The Americas: Qualified P1 / Finished P1 / Championship Position P3

Race 15-16 Road Atlanta: Qualified P2 / Finished P2 / Championship Position P3 (Crowned Rookie Champion)

2013: FIA European Formula 3 Championship – 8 Top 10 Finishes **while missing 2 complete championship race weekends, Monza & Brands Hatch** / P12 at Masters of Formula 3 Zandvoort Circuit Park / Supported by Mercedes-Benz HWA AG Junior Program in F3 / Invited to and completed the 2013 Porsche Young Driver Academy – 2 Day Porsche Motorsport GT3 test at Barber Motorsports Park **1 of only 4 drivers invited**

2012: Formula 3 Euro Series – 1 Victory, 7 Total Podiums, 6 Top 5 Qualifying starts, 14 Top Ten Finishes (not including Podiums), 2 Top Five Finishes (not including Podiums) – P8 in overall championship / FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy Participant (2nd American ever to be selected for the academy) / Supported by Mercedes-Benz HWA AG Junior Program in F3

2011: Formula 3 Italia Championship – 1st Rookie & 2nd classified overall (3 Victories, 2 Pole Positions, 2 Fastest Laps, & 6 Total Podiums), Top 3 in Qualifying for nearly all races / Officially tested the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One F60 Chassis on 15.11.11 / Participated in 3 NASCAR Latemodel Stock Car Races in USA

2010: Formula BMW Europe Championship / Formula BMW Asia Championship – 6 Races (4 Podiums, Three 2nd classified & One 3rd classified) / Official FBMW Junior (which included factory BMW support) for the entire 2010 Season / Participated in 4 USAC Ford Focus Midget Races in USA (Numerous Main Event Wins, Heat Race Wins, & Pole Positions) / Participated in 2 NASCAR Latemodel Stock Car Races in USA

2009: Formula BMW Americas Championship – 1st Rookie & 4th classified (3 Podiums, One 2nd classified & Two 3rd classified) / Formula BMW Asia Championship – Two Races (1 Podium, 2nd classified) / Awarded FBMW Junior Status for the following season / Participated in 11 USAC Ford Focus Midget Races in USA (Numerous Main Event Wins, Heat Race Wins, & Pole Positions) / Participated in 12-Hour Endurance Touring Car Race in USA – BMW in GT4 class (Finished 2nd in class, P4 overall)

2005 – 2008: Domestic and International Kart Racing – Numerous Podiums & Top 5 Finishes in International Karting Events (Participated Internationally in Italian Open Masters, French Open, WSK Events, Rotax Events, & ROK Events) / In USA – 2008 IKF TAG Pro $2,000-to-win event at Cal Speed – 1st classified / In USA – 2008 IKF Region 7 TAG Championship – 1st classified in overall Championship (In USA – Many additional Karting Wins, Pole Positions, & Fastest laps throughout ’05 – ’08 seasons) / In 2008, Participated in 2 USAC Ford Focus Midget Races in USA

2003 – 2005: Pomona Valley 1/4 Midget Association Senior Honda Championship – 1st classified / Pomona Valley 1/4 Midget Association Light 160 Honda Championship – 1st classified (Many additional Quarter Midget Wins, Pole Positions, & Fastest laps throughout ’03 – ’05 seasons)