Mike Leary

 Mike started racing at in the sportsman division at Englewood Speedway in Denver, Colorado in 1978, quickly moving into Late Models. When Englewood Speedway closed, he raced at Colorado Springs International Speedway in Colorado Springs, until it closed in 1982.   He then decided that he would like to try dirt racing at Colorado National Speedway and I-76 in Fort Morgan.  He was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award at CNS in 1984, and then received the “Hard Luck Award” in 1985.  In 1986 members of GART –Grand American Racing Tour – approached him to race with them in an open show in Cheyenne.  He took his  dirt car chassis, changing things around to race asphalt, and ran with them for the last show of 1986, and then full time in 1987 and 1988 traveling to Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Wyoming, finishing 3rd and 2nd in the points respectively.  In 1989, Colorado National Speedway was purchased by Jim Opperman, paved and Mike returned to CNS to run on a weekly basis.  Having a dirt chassis, running pavement, at times was tricky, and he had to learn to “manufacture” his own parts to fit his needs.  That, and a shallow pocketbook, made
him learn all about driving and building racecars. With the help of local engine builders, he was also building his own motors. He finished 5th in the points in both 1989 and 1990.  From 1996-1998 he raced the Southwest Tour and ReMax Challenge series at Pikes Peak International Speedway, Las Vegas Speedway, and Gateway International Speedway in St Louis Missouri.

Mike opened Leary Racing Products in 1999, thinking he would have time to race and travel; much to his surprise, it became busy very quickly, and he has now transferred his “competitive juices” to building shocks for cars from drag racing to circle track to hill climb, and road racing.

We have even seen downhill ski competitors, rock crawlers and ice racers.

Advice to those just getting into racing:
Volunteer to be on someone’s pit crew for a year first, and learn all you can – about the cars, finances, and exactly what kind of time and hard work it entails.

Advice to those building a new car and needing many new parts:
Spend your money wisely.  Sometimes what seems to be a “great deal” isn’t what it appears.