After making a solid impression in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards competition driving for Kimmel Racing, 18-year-old Michael was one of only 20 drivers selected from more than 200 applicants to participate in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program in 2014.
A straight-A high school student, Michael first landed in ARCA competition in 2013 at 16, finishing a career-best 7th at Salem, one of just 4 starts he made his first year. In 2014, Michael added more top-10 runs, finishing 9th at Mobile, 9th at Toledo, and 10th in his superspeedway debut at Pocono after qualifying a career-best 4th. His career-best short track qualifying run is 4th at Nashville in 2015. He also qualified 4th at New Jersey road course in 2015. Lira also finished 8th at Mobile in 2015, 9th at Nashville in 2015, 11th at Salem in 2015, 12th on the New Jersey Motorsports Park road course in 2014, 12th at Berlin in 2013 after qualifying 8th, 12th at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2014, 12th at Berlin in 2014, 13th at Madison in 2013, and 14th at Elko in 2014.
HometownPort Orange, Florida
Michael Lira was the CGS Imaging Hard Charger of the Race at Mobile.