Mike Ashley launched his racing career in 1987 at the age of 22. The same focus and peak performance applied to his business lead him to consecutive World Championships and multiple records. Mike is known throughout the motorsports community for his marketing and business talents. He secured big dollar sponsorships for his teams like automotive icon Caroll Shelby, Mopar, Toyota, DirecTV, Oakley and Matco Tools. Dreaming of driving since he watched his first race at the age of 4, Mike Ashley has demonstrated dreams really do come true!
- Began racing in national event competition with a Top Sportsman Ford Thunderbird.
- Set his first ¼ mile world record of 211 MPH.
- Earned a spot in the prestigious Sonny’s 200 Mile Per Hour Club
- Joined the special Six-Second Club reserved for the first six drivers to accomplish this feat.
- Ashley became one of the first drivers and pioneers of the Pro Modified class
- Number one qualifier at the inaugural event, IHRA Winter Nationals in Darlington, SC
- Won the second sanctioned Pro Modified event in Bristol, Tenn.
- One of only three drivers in the 1990 season to qualify at every Pro Modified event.
- Finished 2nd in the IHRA World Championship Chase.
- Signed an exclusive marketing deal with automotive icon Carroll Shelby.
- Presented with the American Flag that flew over Camp Freedom in Bagdad, Iraq and was made an Honorary Chief by the US Navy’s Master Chief Lee McKinney
- Led the point standings for the AMS Pro Modified Shootout from start to finish.
- Ashley clinched 2004 NHRA AMS Pro Modified World Championship with his first round win at NHRA AC/Delco Las Vegas Nationals.
- Set record for consecutive wins in Pro Modified
- First ever winner of prestigious, Jeg’s Crown
- Made the transition from semi pro to pro, making his Funny Car debut at the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis where he won “Best Appearing Car”
- Competed in both Pro Modified and Funny Car for the remainder of the 2005 season
- Won 2005 AMS Pro Modified World Championship
- Recorded the fastest speed in Funny Car history at 334.32 MPH
- Set a personal best elapsed time of 4.694 seconds
- Won 4 National events and set 9 track records.
- 2007 NHRA Indy Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Champion while racing for a charity
- The same US Nationals car claimed top dollar at the Barrett Jackson Auction in Arizona with all proceeds benefiting the charity.
- Assembled championship team for the Matco Tool’s Top Fuel Dragster, driven by 3x and Reigning World Champion, Antron Brown