Michael James Lewis is an American race car driver born on December 24, 1990 in Laguna Beach, California to parents Steve Lewis (Owner of the famed Nine Racing Midget Team & former owner of Performance Racing Industry) and Loretta Lewis. As a young, up-and-coming Race Car Driver, Michael has competed in a diverse number of racing vehicles including Formula 3, Formula BMW, Ford Focus Midgets, Touring Cars, Late Model Stock Cars, Quarter Midgets, & Go-Karts. Michael also officially tested a Formula One car for Scuderia Ferrari F1 in the F60 chassis on November 15, 2011 (as a result from his accomplishments in Formula 3 Italia). Michael's passion for racing is paramount and he enjoys every aspect of his racing career. The Laguna Beach, California native is known for his professionalism, work ethic, and he lives every day for motorsport.
2016: Pirelli World Challenge, GT Class, with EFFORT Racing/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 GT3 R (partial season).
For the 2016 season, Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) granted Michael with the status: “Porsche Motorsport North America Young Driver.”
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.”
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.
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)
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