Michael “Mike” Allison, left this life on May 08, 2022. Born in 1944 in Pueblo, CO, he leaves his wife of 54 years Susan Allison who was also his caregiver during his five year struggle with various health issues. He is also survived by two daughters Krista L. Allison of Franklin, North Carolina and Kelly M. Allison of Maryland. He was predeceased by one daughter, Robin M. Allison.
Mike had a variety of careers during his life, but one interest superseded most of his activities and that was auto racing. Although he spent seventeen years as a banker, he spent most of his life involved with auto racing from driving to instructing to team management. His banking career started as a teller in 1969 and culminated in 1986 as senior vice president chief financial officer of a one billion dollar bank in New Jersey. At that time, he turned his interest completely to auto racing and became the president of the Skip Barber Racing School, headquartered in Connecticut. Throughout this period, he contunied his driving career. He was known to have “ never seen a race car that (he) didn’t want to drive”. Evident from his racing a multitude of race cars from Trans-Am Mustangs to IMSA GTU Mazda’s. From Formula Ford to Formula 5000. From sports cars to prototypes. His accomplishments in racing include many wins in Formula Ford and a third place in class in the twenty-four hourds of Daytona and a sixth place in class in the world renowned twenty-four hours of LeMans.
He became involved in NASCAR racing in 1995 as team manager for a newly formed racing team participating in the newly formed Craftsman Truck Racing Series. He moved on to become team manager for a Bush Grand National racing team that evolved into a Winston cup team in 1997. He later was a business manager for Power Team racing though the year 2000. At that point, he joined forces with an aerodynamicist and helped build an then manage a wind tunnel in North Carolina. He retired and moved to Hendersonville in 2011.
No services are planned at this time.
Condolence cards may be sent to the family at www.jacksonfuneralservicesor 1101 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville, NC 28792.