Michael Ross Gibaut is a 23 year old racing driver looking to take his racing career forwards by racing on US and Canadian circuits. For the past 3 years he has raced in the world of UK Formula Ford for EMax Motorsport and Souley Motorsport. He has also spent the last 3 years at University of Central Lancashire (Myerscough) where he graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Motorsport Management & Logistics.
Whilst studying, he continued to race for professional Formula Ford teams and raced at Silverstone, Brands Hatch & Castle Combe.
Career Highlights –Karting
Michael is a Karting Champion having won two championships during his Karting days. In 2008 he won the Champion Driver of the Year for his Club and in 2010 won the Karting Junior Championship in the Rotax 125cc class. In 2011 he was awarded the Club Trophy for the most consistent and competitive driving for that season.
Career Highlights – Formula Ford
From 2013 to 2016, Michael has raced with two professional Formula Ford teams based in the UK. He has raced at Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Castle Combe.
In 2014 & 2015 Michael raced on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit as support races for the British GT Championship and F3, and in 2015 achieved a front row start at Silverstone in the Walter Hayes Trophy.
The Walter Hayes Trophy is the world’s largest Formula Ford 1600 event and takes place annually on the first weekend of November at Silverstone, the ‘Home of British Motor Racing’. The Walter Hayes Trophy is unique, as it attracts competitors from all around the globe and has been the leading proving ground in junior single seater racing.
Michael tested with Mazda Motorsports US in March 2018 in a MX5 Global Cup car at Barber Motorsports Park, Alabama, and is now planning to place
entries for the Mazda Global MX-5 Cup with a focus on a full series Championship entry in 2019.
This is a great feeder series for young drivers and is a perfect starting Championship for my introduction to US racing.
This series is now sanctioned by INDYCAR/Dan Andersen promotions. Andersen promotes and runs all series of the Mazda Road to Indy (USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights) and also The Mazda Road to 24. The Global MX-5 Series joined the IndyCar Series at:-
Circuit of the Americas, Barber Motorsports Park, Road America, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Portland International Raceway and Monticello Motor Club.
“Our intention with the Global MX-5 Cup platform from the beginning was to attract an international audience and customer base that would see the value in this opportunity to grow their sports car racing career with Mazda. Michael, with all of his open-wheel success, saw Global MX-5 Cup as exactly that”.
John M. Doonan
Director, Mazda Motorsports
Watching Hill Climbs in Jersey, Channel Islands and going to the French Grand Prix with my Dad and Grandad is where I developed my passion for Motorsport as a young child. Came back from the GP and said I wanted to start racing !
Great footage thanks to James Rouault . Take a look at his YouTube channel. https://tinyurl.com/w7qeem3
Testing with Mazda Motorsports USA
New promo video from Michael.
We are open to discussing all manners of opportunities. Below are listed a variety of ways Michael Gibaut can promote and benefit your brand.
Logo decal on sportscar, race suit, helmet.
Logo on t-shirts and other merchandise.
Get your brand seen on race days and opportunity for hospitality and potential for taster sessions.
Mention of brand in all interviews, including video, radio, print and track interviews.
Brand logo seen on car at race track and on all social media posts.
Brand logo seen on Michael Gibaut Racing promotional videos.
Michael will continue to promote your Brand, Company away from race circuits and on non race days.
Demographics show that there are 32 million Indy Car fans in the US, which puts it in 2nd place with viewers behind NASCAR when it comes to motorsport.
IndyCar Fans, after seeing a sponsorship/brand are 48% more likely to consider a sponsors brand product and 45% more likely to be very loyal to the brand that sponsors their team/driver.
The Mazda MX5 Global Cup Series also offers strong series partnerships such as Battery Tender, BFGoodrich, Mazda and INDYCAR which provide stability and increased support to the series.
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