1992: Welcome to The World
Born in Evanston, Illinois, Michai was the first of three sons born to a Jewish American mother and an African American father. He never shared his desire to become a professional race car driver, but cars were never far out of sight or out of his wonderment!
1994: My Little Red Race Car
At the age of two and a half, the reduced mobility of training wheels hindered the freedoms of what Michai believed to be, his little red race car!
1997: Just a Hint
After tireless begging, Michai made it to his first Auto to be greeted by the sight of a real race car - A moment that would stand the test of time and sparked the belief...
2005: No Longer a Boy
According to the Jewish law, Michai became a man at the age of thirteen with the completion of his Bar Mitzvah ceremony strengthening him for the road ahead!
Michai attended Arizona State University as an Industrial Design student to pursue his coveted childhood dream. His plan was to graduate with an Auto Design degree and obtain a position with a major car manufacturer. Ultimately, Michai wanted to realize his childhood dream by designing and then securing a seat in his little red race car!
2012: Uncovering the Dream
After googling "how to become a race car driver," Michai discovered Skip Barber Racing School. Based on his performance, he was selected to participate in Skip Barber’s inaugural IndyCar Academy Shootout. The competition consisted of vastly experienced drivers, placing Michai in 4th and only fueling his desire to return to the Shootout the following year.
2013: Capturing The Dream
Returning to Skip Barber the following year, Michai performed exceptionally well, and was once again invited to the Shootout. Determined to succeed Michai won the Shootout and earned a fully funded scholarship to participate in Skip Barber’s Formula Summer Series.
2014: The Racer
Competing in his first-ever race series, Michai’s results were remarkable! He finished the series with six first-place finishes, nine pole positions, and a total of 10 podium finishes. However, Michai’s series was cut short due to an audition for the notorious Team USA Scholarship. As one of only two drivers selected to represent the United States in Europe, Michai had to leave for the United Kingdom to compete in the Formula Ford Festival and the Walter Hayes Trophy events. Finishing 3rd overall in the Grand Final against 130 of the world’s best Formula Ford drivers solidified his projected talent.
Returning from the U.K, Michai shifted his attention to the final opportunity of the year and a chance to win a $200,000 scholarship to run in the 2015 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda. After five scheduled races, an on-camera interview and submission of a five-year career business plan, Michai lead in overall points, but in accordance with the rules, the lowest race results were dropped for all competitors from their total score nudging Michai just 1.8 points out of the lead!
2015: Headed Back
Representing his country for a second consecutive year as a Team USA Scholarship driver was more than Michai could have dreamed of. At the same time, Mazda had chosen Michai as an "at-large" nominee to participate in their annual Mazda Road to 24 Scholarship Shootout. With the stage set for Michai to address his unfinished business from the previous year and hopes of securing another coveted racing scholarship. Michai graced the podium three out of the five races he competed in before breaking his thumb as a result of wheel to wheel contact during a semifinal race. The break prematurely and ultimately ended Michai’s historic return to the Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy, plus forcing him to withdraw from the MRT24 Scholarship competition. However, going down in history as one of only three drivers ever chosen in consecutive years in the history of the Team USA scholarship and to receive the acknowledgment of Mazda was a tremendous honor.
2016: Let’s Go Racing!
Michai’s dedication did not go unnoticed. Upon returning to the United States, Michai was contacted and offered a seat by the owner of RJB Motorsports, a race team competing in their very first Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda. The season proved to be a test of character, grit, and an introduction to the many struggles a rookie team could face.
However, it was a terrific learning experience for both Michai and the team of RJB Motorsports. The team’s best result was a 9th place finish at the Honda Streets of Toronto in Ontario Canada, undoubtedly a drivers track and most challenging event on the schedule. However, the happiness didn’t last long, to Michai’s surprise and amazement, RJB Motorsports retired prematurely resulting in a DNF for the remainder of the season.
Once again Michai’s push to build name recognition in the motorsports industry resulted in yet another unbelievable opportunity. Mini Cooper invited Michai to join their #defyLabels Campaign which included a television commercial aired during Super Bowl 50, a dreamy experience!
2017: Seeking More
Without critical sponsorship to secure a seat for the 2017 season, Michai continued to dedicate his time and energy to his passion. Securing opportunities in an inner city youth development and teen driving school program, pro karting, open wheel racing, high-performance driving schools and finally simulation training as a professional instructor. Michai continued to share his lust for racing with the people of the sport and those being impacted by it. The year properly ended with a tremendous gesture from Honda Performance Development (HPD) when they asked Michai to assist in developmental testing for their U.S F4 program.
2018: The Journey Continues
Becoming a professional racing driver competing in a major U.S or European Championship simmers beneath the heart of this journey. For without a vision, there could be no dream and now at 26 years of age, Michai’s one true dream still lies on the horizon.
Join Michai on his journey to the center of his existence – the cockpit of a racing car!
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