Michael McDowell has been a revelation in NASCAR ever since he has come into the picture. Michael began racing in the world of Karting, in 1993, probably the most common way of starting a racing career.
As he continued racing at the Kart-level through the years, he gathered 18 main event wins, two seasons of undefeated racing at the International Karting Federation level and a World Karting Association National Championship title in 1997. He had 10 incredible years of Karting after which, Michael moved to the Star Mazda Series in 2003.He had a wonderful first season there and ended up winning the ‘Rookie of the Year’ trophy. He moved things up a notch in the next year as he won the Star Mazda series in 2004. This wasn’t the only thing he did that year. He also ran in the Koni Challenege Series for Finlay Motorsports in 2004. He didn’t manage anything out of the ordinary at that level although he did seem to be on the way up.
His learning curve was really short and sharp as he just moved from strength to strength and co-drove in the Rolex Sports Car Series. The series was, as a whole, not very fruitful for Michael in terms of trophies but he did manage a win at Mexico City. He became the first driver since Mario Andretti to participate in a sports car race as well as a major open wheel race on the same weekend. He drover with RocketSports at the Champ Car series and also in the Rolex Sports Car Series.
In 2005 and 2006, he mostly spent his racing days at the Rolex Sports Car Series, and although he just had his Mexico City win from 2005 as his only achievement, he moved to the ARCA series in 2007. He had a wonderful series and things just took off for Michael as he won four races, the most by anyone that season, on his way to a second place finish in the final standings for the season. He also won the Rookie of the Year award at ARCA and also got the Stewart Warner Lap Leader Award.
He took the time to try his hand at NASCAR racing and competed in three NASCAR events in the Nationwide Series. He also tried out the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with one race in 2007. In 2008, he earned the right to enter the world of NASCAR racing and will be looking to create an impact. Michael is known to spend four hours a day on computer racing simulators and will be hoping that all his practice will help him make it big at the highest level.