INDIANAPOLIS – Michele Bumgarner will run the final two Pro Mazda races of the season – the Allied Building Products Grand Prix of Houston.
Bumgarner, a native of the Philippines, will enter the event as a tune-up for 2014. She plans to join the series for a full season of competition with support from Mazda Philippines.
“I am really excited that all of this has come together,” said Bumgarner, who competed in a limited Star Mazda season in 2008. “I am looking forward to getting back in the seat and getting some laps in the car. To be able to have a race this season in preparation for next year is a real gift and I want to thank Mazda Philippines for that opportunity.”
Bumgarner will race with Sonoma, Calif.-based World Speed Motorsports alongside the team’s regular driver Kyle Kaiser. She tested her car with WSM at Sonoma Raceway on Sept. 11.
“Michele has an impressive racing background,” noted World Speed Motorsports president Telo Stewart. “She has been very focused, and doing extremely well in preliminary testing in the updated Pro Formula Mazda, which is quite different from the car she raced in 2008. Michele is a consummate professional on and off the track, and we are glad to add her to our team. We are looking forward to helping her reach her goals on the Mazda Road to Indy.”