Born in the Netherlands in the city of Eindhoven on July 25, 1969.
Mike Hezemans specialized in endurance racing and participated in the FIA GT World Championship since its inception in 1997, finishing second overall in 2000, 2001, 2008, and 2009 and third in 2007. He has 14 first Place finishes in the series.
Mike’s career in 24 hour racing includes being a two-time winner (2007 and 2009) of the largest GT Endurance Event, the 24 Hours of Spa Francorchamps, and a three-time winner (2002, 2003, 2004) of the 24 Hours of Zolder.
Mike also raced 8 times in the world’s oldest active sports car race, the 24 Hours of Lemans, where he finished sixth in 2000. Other notable races include the 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Daytona, and many other endurance races around the world.
During his racing career in 1995, Mike started Hezemans Indoor Karting in his hometown of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, which hosts over 100,000 recreational drivers a year.
In addition to racing, Mike is also a successful real estate investor / developer in the Netherlands, Belgium, and the United States.
HEZEMANS RACING FAMILY
Mike Hezeman’s grandfather, Thieu (real name Mathieu), mainly raced Porsches in national and international races between 1952 and 1958. He developed a few cars of his own design based on Porsche and Volkswagen parts, one of which was nicknamed Strijkijzer (‘iron’), because of the wedge-shaped body that resembled a traditional flat-iron.
After his career Thieu started one of Holland’s first karting tracks in Vaals in 1963. After 53 years it remains an active and successfully run business.
Mike’s father, Toine Hezemans (real name Antoine), is the most successful Dutch Touring Car Driver from the Netherlands of all time having won three European Touring Car championships in 1970, 1973 and 1976. In 1973 and 1975, Toine won the grueling 24 hours of Lemans in the GT category. Three of the most notable races in Toine’s career were winning the Targa Florio in 1971, the sport’s oldest racing event, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen (both in 1978).
Toine Hezemans’ career after racing involves various successful real estate development and investment ventures in Belgium, the Netherlands, and the United States. One such venture was his purchase of the Edison Hotel in South Beach on Ocean Drive in 1996.
MIKE HEZEMANS RACING RECORDS
Holds Number #1 Records for
- Top 10 Podium Finishers 42
- All Classes 10 Podium Finishers 42
- Most rounds contested 121
Holds records in
- Top 10 Race Winners 14
- Top 10 Class Winners 14
- Top 10 Class Pole Setters 11
- Top 10 Points Scorers 416.5