Michael Avenatti Says His Love of Racing Could Derail His Presidential Bid

The Porsche Avenatti co-drove at 12 Hours of Sebring in 2014.
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Michael Avenatti, a lawyer who is representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump and maybe enjoys his role a little too much, and is also a possible 2020 presidential contender in his own right, is a legit racecar driver, too. But Avenatti recently told Autoweek he may not run for president if it means he has to give up racing.

Autoweek has the hot exclusive:

“As I’ve mentioned before,” Avenatti told Autoweek in an exclusive interview, “I’m seriously considering taking a run at the presidency in 2020, and a big consideration for me is that I could never drive again — a street car, much less a race car. Some people may scoff at that, but it would be a pretty big sacrifice for me. It’s something I really enjoy.”


Avenatti’s track career includes racing at Le Mans, Twelve Hours of Sebring, and 24 Hours of Daytona, among other races, which is respectable for an amateur. He’s become famous for his off-the-track activities, though, including representing Stormy Daniels in various legal disputes with President Trump and tweeting a lot. Avenatti has recently been seen going after Tucker Carlson; shadily raising money for Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic candidate for Senate in Texas; and representing an accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Avenatti also reportedly owes the IRS millions.

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He’s got a lot going on! But it’s his threat to run for president that seemingly keeps him in the news, even if that now appears to be possibly derailed by his love of racin’. Avenatti told Autoweek that he got the bug as a kid.

“We lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and my father took me to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb — that’s the first memory I have of going to a race. I remember standing alongside the gravel road — it wasn’t paved back then — and watching the action, which was an unbelievable experience when you are 9 or 10 years old.”


There’s some hint of tragedy in that the thing possibly keeping Avenatti from fulfilling his patriotic duty is an overwhelming passion he cannot deny. Relatable, honestly.

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