Mid-States Conference, Formula 1000
James Michael, of Fort Worth, Texas, had a record-setting year racing in Formula 1000 in the Mid-States Conference. Aside from taking double wins at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, he rewrote the class record books for the circuit in his No. 87 Berlousche Engineering/The Auroral Entanglement Stohr F1000.
“In the race on Saturday, I was able to set a new track record in[Formula 1000] during the race,” Michael said. “I was catching the [Formula Atlantic] in front of me at the end of race, and was only 0.5-second behind at the finish, placing 2nd overall. In Sunday qualifying, I set a fast lap that was 0.8-second faster than the race lap record on Saturday. So, overall, it was a great weekend.”
Michael was the most active driver in his class, running six of 10 races. In those races he recorded four top-five finishes, including doubleheader wins at Hallett and third- and fifth-place finishes at High Plains Raceway. Also, Michael notched two poles in 2013.
While Michael’s season-long run was a successful one, it did not come without its challenges.
“I had an oil fire at High Plains Raceway,” Michael said. “However, since I finished more than half the race, I was still able to get points that helped with winning the championship.”
As for his distinctive sponsor, The Auroral Entanglement is a science-fiction novel penned by Michael in his time away from the track and his work as an aeronautical engineer.
Michael wanted to be sure to thank some very important people who were pivotal to his success during the past season. He made sure to thank his crew member, Bill Smith, Berlousche Engineering, George Dean Engines, Stohr Cars, Joni and Mary. He also sent his thanks to the hard-working SCCA volunteers at the track.