Michael Mills grew up around racing with his father drag racing in pro stock. It took a while for him to finally get on track, but made sure it was worth the wait taking his first laps at Nurburgring in 1998.
Shortly after, Michael began motorcycle racing in Florida winning five regional titles and two national titles. However, his dad persuaded him be on four wheels instead of two, and Michael started racing cars in October 2004 at Sebring International Raceway.
Upon moving back to Texas, Michael continued to race in various amateur series at MSR Houston and surrounding tracks in Texas. In 2009, he won the SCCA Southwest Division Championship in GT-2 racing a Panoz. He took the same car to the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America and finished sixth after succumbing to a mechanical issue.
After the Runoffs, Michael made the jump into racing Porsches and also started working with Joerg Bergmeister to better understand the car. After a few races here and there, Michael utilized his coaching with Bergmeister to win the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge race at Road Atlanta for Petite LeMans in 2011.
In 2012, Michael campaigned the full season in IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge starting with a win at Sebring International Raceway and ending fourth in the championship. He was also the recipient of the Hard Charger of the Year. He continued running the series in 2013 with six podium finishes.
Michael transferred to the Pirelli World Challenge series in 2014 running a Porsche GT3-R. The very successful season concluded with the GT-A Championship with six wins including Long Beach and a double at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He had the opportunity to work alongside several prominent drivers including Tim Bergmeister, Nick Tandy and Ryan Dalziel.
He returned to PWC in 2016 and drove a BMW Z4 GT3 to the Sportsman Driver’s Championship in the newly formed SprintX format. During the championship, Michael was paired with BMW North America factory drivers Kuno Wittmer and John Edwards. Together they also secured the Team Championship, five podiums, and three wins.
Daily can be found at MSR Houston acting as Karting Track Manager overseeing the day to day functions karting facility at the of the membership road course and karting facility located 35 miles south of Downtown Houston. In addition, Michael does advanced driving instruction and data coaching for members and club racers.
Over the years, Michael has had the opportunity to drive and instruct at many tracks including Barber Motorsports Park, Circuit of the Americas, Daytona International Speedway, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Miller Motorsports Park, NOLA Motorsports Park, VIRginia International Raceway and many others.
From Spec Miatas to Porsches, to everything in between, Michael has extensive experience in a variety of cars, both racecars and street cars.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys mountain bike riding and is an automotive consultant and test driver for Speed:Sport:Life. He resides in Houston with his wife Daniela, son Max and German Shepherd Zeela.
2016 Sportsman Driver & Team Championships in Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Series
– Back to back wins at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
– Season finale win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
– Five podiums
– Second and third in GTA at COTA
Honored at the 2014 Porsche Motorsports Night of Champions in Stuttgart, Germany
2014 Pirelli World Challenge: GT-A Champion, 8th in overall GT Standings
- Long Beach: 1st in GT-A
- Toronto: 1st in GT-A
- Mid-Ohio: Double 1st in GT-A
- Sonoma: 1st in GT-A
- Miller: 1st in GT-A
2013 IMSA GT3 Challenge: 4 Podiums, 5th in championship
2012 IMSA GT3 Challenge: 1st Place at Sebring, 6 podium finishes, Hard Charger, 4th in championship
2011 IMSA GT3 Challenge – 1st Place Road Atlanta
2009 Sports Car Club of America GT-2: National Championship Runoffs 6th Place at Road America; Southwest Division GT2 Champion, 3 SCCA National Class wins
2008 National Auto Sports Association GTS-5: NASA Nationals 2nd Place at Mid-Ohio
2005 Porsche BMW Owners Club R2: 2nd in class championship
2004 Championship Cup Series Motorcycle Racing: 2 South Region Expert
2003 Champion Cup Series Motorcycle Racing: 2 Amateur National Championships & 3 Florida State Championships