About MicheleI am a Las Vegas native and I have spent all of my life around many types of motorsports. My older brother, Michael Abbate, was a very successful driver in many go-kart organizations and his achievements opened my eyes to the world of racing. It has always been my dream and passion to drive but it was not my reality until I stopped watching him and took action myself to get on the track. After some experience of karting at a hobby level, I began competing in autocross at a regional level with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) in 2004 at the age of sixteen with my daily driven car. My first national event with the SCCA was in 2007 with a podium finish behind two national champions. In April of 2009 I expanded my racing career with road course racing and time attack events through several organizations including 600 Racing/INEX, Redline Time Attack, NASA, UMS Tuning Time Attack, and others.
After about a year and a half of driving in NASA’s High Performance Driving Education I earned my NASA Time Trial License in 2010 still using my daily driven car. In 2011 I became fully sponsored through Scion Racing while driving the 2011 Crawford Performance Scion tC. While working towards my race license and competing regionally in the Scion I earned 2nd place overall for NASA Time Trials TT-E class.
In 2012, just before the racing season, I earned my Provisional Race License through NASA. With this achievement I then competed in the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championships in the Southern California NASA region. With eight rounds of wheel to wheel racing I became the Champion of the Tuner Under class with the help and support from Scion Racing and Dynamic Autosports in their 2012 Scion tC during my rookie year.
I am very grateful to be a part of the Scion Racing team and I look forward to continuing to compete in several road course events to gain more seat time, experience, and exposure by excelling my motorsports career at both a regional and national level. I am also expanding my racing experience with different types of racing including drift, rally, and even motorcycles! The track is where I belong and it fuels all my motivation in life.
Recent Blog Post
- Moto IQ Rounds 1 & 2
Round 1 – Saturday March 2, 2013 I can honestly say that this weekend was a battle for us in more than one way. With that I can also say that even with the unfortunate events that happen we still put out an amazing effort and fight in both Round 1 and 2. Last year [...]...