Driver Profile - MIKE LUTZ

Mike in action during Al Hamilton night

Name: Mike Lutz
Birthdate: 3/6/70
Hometown: Cairnbrook, Pa
Marital Status: Married
Family: wife-Regina; daughter-Sasha, 19 months; soon to be here March 11 son-Michael
Occupation: Racing
How did you choose your car number? My car owners, Tom & Fran Chiappelli, chose the number 98. '98 was the year their snack food company acquired the assests of Golden Flavor Foods, and also, 9/8 is Fran's birthday.
Chassis: J&J
Engine Builder: Chiappelli Engine Machine
Crew: Tom & Fran Chiappelli; Andy Lutz
Sponsors: Golden Flavor Sesame Sticks; Precise Racing Products; American Racer; Chiappelli Engine Machine; Intense Fabrication; Frankland Rears
Favorite Track: All tracks
Divisions competed in: Sprints
Years Racing: 19
Wins: 75
Championships: ESS-2003; Hickory Speedway-1996
Regular Tracks/Series : All Stars in 2005
Favorite TV show: C.S.I.
Favorite Music: Rock
Favorite Band: Foo Fighters
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite Beverage: Coke
Favorite Restaurant: Ryan's
Favorite Driver: Fred Rahmer
When and how did you get started in racing?

1987 My Mom and Dad started racing in the '50's. I grew up around it and loved it. They helped me and owned my cars until 1996.

Who had the biggest impact on your racing career and why?

My Dad, because he won all the time--400 wins. I wanted to win like that and still do.

What would you be doing if you weren't racing?

I don't know, but there would be competition involved.

What is your favorite aspect of racing?


What is your greatest accomplishment/best memory?

Winning an All Star race at Fremont Speedway in Ohio.

What is the worst thing that has happened to you in racing, or your worst season?

Crashed at Port Royal Speedway in 2000. Pinched nerves in my neck and suffer with pain every day.

In your own words, describe your 2004 season:

Great! Raced a lot of big races--All Stars and World of Outlaws, building season for 2005.

What are your plans for the 2005 season?

Race with the All Star Circuit of Champions and win the championship.

Where do you see Sprint Car racing five years from now?

Bigger and better, with higher payoffs.

What is your ultimate goal?

Win a World of Outlaw Championship

Anything else you would like to add?

I am very lucky to have great car owners, Fran & Tom Chiappelli. They give me the tools you need to be on top of the sport.