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Indy Car Tests at Homestead and Firebird Road Courses
Testing for Arciero Wells and All-American Racers, using Reynard Toyotas with Firestone and Goodyear tyres respectively, Michael again proved his natural ability by adapting to Indy Cars and immediately setting competitive times that bettered all other drivers in similar cars. During the AAR Test Michael Lapped within 0.5s of the Honda-powered cars testing at the same time.
Japanese Touring Car Championship &
Japanese GT Championship
TC : 10th overall / 1 win
Team : Tom's Toyota

Michael and co-driver Pedro De La Rosa became the 1997 Japanese GT Champions only at the very last race of an incredibly competitive season. This success was in the main due to the close teamwork of Michael and Pedro who complemented each other in terms of sheer speed and ability.
Macau GP Touring Cars
Team : Tom's Toyota - 2nd.


全日本ツーリングカー選手権 &全日本GT選手権
チーム:トムス トヨタ

1997年全日本GT選手権は最後まで予断の許さない、非常に過酷な戦いが繰り広げられ、ミハエルはコドライバーのペドロ デ ラ ロサと共に、ついに最終戦でシリーズチャンピオンを獲得する。これはひとえに、スピードと腕を補い合ったミハエルとペドロの強いチームワークの賜物だった。
チーム:トムス トヨタ−2位