Mike Lewis could be described as a “man for all seasons”. Mike was almost born into the world of drag racing, when his grandfather, Alford Stauffer built the famed Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania when Mike was 12 years old. Racing got to his blood even earlier when his father would take him to the famed Williams Grove, Pennsylvania, dirt track to watch the midgets and the USAC Champ cars battle. However, his loyalty changed when he first heard a nitromethane fuel dragster’s cackling and thundering exhaust. During his teen years, he worked at the family’s dragstrip learning just about every facet of the track from the ground up. After attending Kutztown University, he returned to the track in a management role, including announcing.
Mike partnered with brother Kent in the “Sparkling Burgundy” top fuel dragster which the pair campaigned from 1970 to 1976. He stopped driving to become the Track Master at Maple Grove Raceway in 1971 and later assumed the role of President. He would leave Maple Grove in 1989 to join the National Hot Rod Association as Vice President of Field Operations overseeing NHRA’s seven divisions and member tracks. In 1995 he was named as vice president of NHRA and also General Manager of NHRA’s Indianapolis Raceway Park home of the crown jewel event the US Nationals. In 1998 drawing on his vast experience in track management and his relationship in the sport he formed Ace Ventures in Indianapolis a motorsports consulting organization.
He joined Don Schumacher racing as Vice President (a position he still holds today) and help develop the team’s position as a premier motorsports operation featuring three top fuel cars and four funny cars. Don Schumacher racing has won 17 world championships and over 330 national event titles.
As if that is not enough Lewis continues to race at select Nostalgia Drag Racing events winning the 2012 NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion Funny Car class in the Gutierrez and Smith “Brand X” Ford Mustang funny car.
Mike Lewis has created and collaborated in a number of special initiatives between the sport in several charities. Mike Lewis despite all of his significant contributions to the sport as a race track executive, race team executive, sanctioning body executive, and a pretty good race car driver remain humble and very approachable. He still loves the sport to which he has devoted his life.