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Part of being a race car driver is the willingness to put yourself out there, not only on the track but off it. I mean, we're competitors--we want to stand out in our own unique way. At least, I sure do! 

As much as possible, we all work at having a signature look--whether the livery of our car or our suit design. But sponsorship can dictate the look of those things. However, our helmet paint job is all about showing who we are and has meaning to us. So you can only imagine how excited I was to get my new helmet in from Europe last week!

But before I get into my new helmet design, I thought I would show everyone how my helmet design has evolved from when I first started racing to today.

My very first helmet paint job was very much inspired by my idol at the time, none other than Michael Schumacher. Even before I started racing, I had known who he was, because my dad and my brother would watch Formula 1 and his name was the one that stuck out. I didn't know anyone else but him, so of course my first paint job was just like his! My brother and I had matching ones, his being blue and mine purple. We looked so cool out on the track. (Get well soon, Schumi!)

It wasn't until my second paint job where my kikay (girly, sassy) side started to come out. Looking at it now, I honestly don't know what to say about it, but I guess I just really wanted to show my feminine side.

My next one was definitely a favorite of mine because this was where the Butterfly came to life. And it must have been very important because I got one done permanently on the back of my neck.

My next four helmets, by this time, were all painted by Lucky Design Italia, and you can simply see why! My latest one has got to be my all-time favorite by far because I played a part in the actual design, and I am just so pleased with how it turned out. I love how feminine and bright it came out. Of course, I can't forget my MB butterfly and the Philippine flag! I think this design suits me to a T, and I cannot wait to show it off at the next race!

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Michele Bumgarner's helmet color design evolution

Michele Bumgarner's helmet color design evolution

Michele Bumgarner's helmet color design evolution

Michele Bumgarner's helmet color design evolution

Michele Bumgarner's helmet color design evolution

Michele Bumgarner's helmet color design evolution

Michele Bumgarner's helmet color design evolution

Michele Bumgarner's helmet color design evolution

Michele Bumgarner's helmet color design evolution

Michele Bumgarner's helmet color design evolution

Michele Bumgarner's helmet color design evolution

Michele Bumgarner's helmet color design evolution

Michele Bumgarner's helmet color design evolution

Michele Bumgarner
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The Mazda Road to Indy Driver has been racing since she was nine years old. She is an avid tennis player who watches too many TV shows and movies, and eats pepper on everything.
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