Fil-Am Bumgarner bags awards in Houston GP
HOUSTON– Representing Asia and the Philippines, auto racer Michele Bumgarner made her mark at the Grand Prix of Houston Indycar series.
Bumgarner’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 representing the Philippine as I’m a Filipina mommy. So proud of her and good luck for the rest of her race,” her mother, Monina Bumgarner, said.
Competing in a sport dominated by men, Bumgarner knew the challenge was tough. She qualified after 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, Bumgarner found her way around the Indycar series circuit on day 2, finishing ninth.
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 Bumgarner, dubbed as the “Asian Karting Queen.”
Bumgarner is now on her way up to the full Indy route championship in Florida next year as the first Asian to get this far.