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In 2014, I took a big step and was given the opportunity to utilize the new FT86 Scion FR-S chassis. In addition, as some fortunate and unfortunate events panned out in the beginning of the season, I took the reigns in my own hands and became the team owner and driver of the FR-S with help from Scion Racing. I decided to debut in my first professional wheel to wheel race with the United States Touring Car Championship series (www.USTCC.com).
Due to complications outside my control we had a late start to the season, but made our first appearance at the world famous Mazda Raceway Leguna Seca event. We finished the season 7th in overall points out of 18, 4th for rookie of the year, and we earned Scion it’s firs manufacturer points in the history of the series with a 5th place finish, ahead of Mazda.
For 2015 I held a crowdfunding campaign to help assist with costs. I raised over 130% of my goal, totalling over $13,000.00. With these funds we debuted into the SCCA US Majors Tour Western Conference division. With over 10 podiums and two wins, we took the regional Championship title on the 4th of July! In addition, I am also campaigning in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Irwindale Speeday with the Performance P-1 Motorsports team.
I am very grateful to have this history and these experiences and I am continuing to compete in several racing platforms to gain more seat time, experience, and exposure by excelling my motorsports career at both a regional and national level. I am also expanding exploring different types of racing including drift, rally, and even motorcycles! The track is where I belong and it fuels all my motivation in life.
Michele Abbate with her self built FR-S Photo Credit: Richard Pochop