Written by: John Nee '93
St. Rita senior and Downers Grove native Mike Rutter has always had a love of speed. He has been flying planes since he was seven years-old and started racing go-carts on the Pro Carts Series when he was thirteen. Neither of those hobbies, though, provided the thrill he has gotten from racing motorcycles.
Two years ago, Rutter began road racing motorcycles. His motorcycle of choice: the Suzuki light-weight Super-bike. Rutter travels with his father in the family RV around the Midwest and as far as California about twice a month on the weekends to race in the Amateur Championship Cup Series (CCS Region). He has won 22 races in his two years competing to go along with numerous top-three finishes. He is currently the fourth-ranked amateur in the CCS Region, and he also leads two to three different championships based on points accumulated.
Rutter has also continued his interest in flying planes. His father is a certified flight instructor, and with his help Rutter received his pilot’s license this summer. He is currently working on his instrument rating, which would allow him to fly in adverse conditions, and his commercial rating, which will allow him to fly much higher above the clouds.
While these hobbies have allowed him and his father to spend real quality father-son time together, Rutter doesn’t know what the future holds for his favorite past-times. With college less than a year away, he says he will wait and see where he decides to go before deciding on whether he will continue racing.