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Michele Bumgarner: First-Ever Female RIGP Winner

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted August 31, 2008 at 4:47 pm Karting, Rock Island Grand Prix, Star Mazda

Michele Bumgarner of the Phillipines just made history by becoming the first female to win a main event at the Rock Island Grand Prix. The RIGP is known as the world’s largest go-kart street race. Michele qualified on pole and led every lap in the TAG Senior category. The Filipino driver already has a very impressive karting resume from her home country….hence the nickname “Asian Karting Queen”. The victory comes as an early birthday present as Michele turns 19 on September 2nd.

Over the last month, Michele and her younger brother Mark (Skip Barber National competitor) have been spending time in Indianapolis meeting with Indy Racing League and Indy Lights team owners under the guidance of their new manager; Charlie Patterson.

Michele has spent the majority of 2008 competing in the Star Mazda championship.

Further reading on Michele.

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