Mike Hartley got his start competing in high performance drag racing piloting Camaro’s and Nova’s. By 1992 when Dodge began selling the V-10 powered Dodge Viper, the passion for racing really began to take it’s foothold. In 2000 he purchased his first Viper, a 1996 roadster and almost immediately began taking it to high speed driving events. His enthusiasm for racing continued on into 2000 with the goal of professional racing. He has attended several racing schools including Skip Barber, the Panoz School and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car School.
In 2001 Mike began his professional racing career with the Viper Racing League (VRL). In order to continue gaining valuable experience during the 2001 season he also ran in the “Longest Night”, a 24-hour endurance race where he finished 2nd in class. In 2002 he participated in SCCA Regional Club racing events finishing with 3 straight podium appearances in the last 3 events of the year. Then in 2003 Mike joined the highly competitive SCCA Pro Racing series World Challenge GT, driving a Dodge Viper GTS.
With many top 10 finishes in World Challenge, Mike moved on to the ultra-competitive North American Road Race Association (NARRA). Starting out in GT1, Mike quickly staked his claim on the series with 3 wins and 5 podium finishes in the first year to 3rd in the championship. After his first year in NARRA he moved up to the “no holds barred” GT Unlimited Class which features the fastest GT cars in America. Now in the 3rd year of racing this class Mike has finished in the top 3 in the Driver’s Championship each year all while amassing multiple class and overall wins.