Driver Profile - AJ Michael

AJ at Williams Grove Speedway

Name: AJ Michael
Birthdate: 4/17/86
Hometown: Lititz,PA
Marital Status: Single
Family: Father:Doug, Mother:Danelle, Brother:Peter
Occupation: Sales/Racecar Driver
How did you choose your car number? It was my great great uncles car number when he raced micros
Chassis: J&J
Engine Builder: Don Ott
Crew: Ned,Nate,Joe, Russ and Reggie
Sponsors: Schwarr Concrete, Hollinger's Sports N Turf, Bel-Air Refrigeration,Can-AM, Ski-Doo, Lobianco Construction
Favorite Track: Lincoln Speedway
Divisions competed in: 125's,250-4strokes, 270's,600's all micro's, ARDC midgets, 305 sprints, 410 Sprints
Years Racing: 7 years
Wins: 37
Championships: 3 Track titles
Regular Tracks/Series: Williams Grove, Lincoln 410 Sprints
Hobbies: Skiing, Snowmobiling and Anything outdoors
Favorite TV show: Two and Half Men
Favorite Music: Anything
Favorite Band: U2
Favorite Food: Seafood
Favorite Beverage: Iced tea
Favorite Restaurant: Red Lobster
Favorite Driver: Fred Rahmer, Tony Stewart
When and how did you get started in racing?

I started racing in 2001, my dad got me into racing, he had raced micro's for thirteen years.

Who had the biggest impact on your racing career and why?

I would have to say my car owners Ned and My father because without them i would not be doing this. They both have made me who I am today.

What would you be doing if you weren't racing?

Well I would be riding snowmobiles and working on someones car because I love the sport.

What is your favorite aspect of racing?

The thrill of the speed and competition that 410 sprints provide is by far the greatest adrenaline rush you will ever get!

What is your greatest accomplishment/best memory?

My first 410 sprint win at Williams Grove Speedway it was very emotional for me, my dad and my car owner Ned.

What is the worst thing that has happened to you in racing, or your worst season?

I would have to say getting injured last season was the worst thing that has ever happened to me. I had to sit out for four weeks last summer!

In your own words, describe your 2008 season:

Overall 2008 was a great season for us we picked up a number of top ten finishes and a feature win.

What are your plans for the 2009 season?

We are planning to run the same deal as last year with some traveling on saturday nights.

Where do you see Sprint Car racing five years from now?

Well thats a hard thing to say, but I run a business with my dad now. I would say that if drastic things change with the economy change then it will still be as strong as it ever was. I know for a fact that this year we will be cutting down the number of races we run due to the economy.

What is your ultimate goal?

I would like to run with the World of Outlaws some day