Nish competed in four CART races, one in 1984 at Phoenix International Raceway and 3 more in 1986 where he recorded his best finish of 10th place at Portland International Raceway. He attempted to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 1985 and 1986 but failed to qualify both years. He also attempted two more races in April 1987 but failed to qualify for both of them.
At Speed Week in August 2007, Nish captured the SCTA AA/FS (Unlimited Fuel Streamliner) record with a speed of 377.715 mph (607.8732 km/h). He was also awarded the Hot Rod Trophy for achieving the top speed of the meet on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
On October 8, 2007, Nish attempted to break the world land speed record for carbureted vehicles set in 1965, but his engine failed after 30 seconds. Mike Nish, as well as his father Terry and brothers Jeff and T. J. have successfully broken 14 different world land speed records over the years.
On September 23, 2010, Nish broke the world land speed record for the FIA Category A, Group 2, Class 9, 1 Kilometer, Flying Start] and Category A, Group 2, Class 9, 1 mile, Flying Start class with a speed of 285.359 mph (459.242 km/h) for the Kilometer and 285.305 mph (459.155 km/h) in the mile.
American open–wheel racing results
PPG Indycar Series
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)
|1984||Dick Simon Racing||LBH||PHX||INDY||MIL||POR||MEA||CLE||MCH||ROA||POC||MDO||SAN||MCH||PHX
|1985||A. J. Foyt Enterprises||LBH||INDY
|1986||A. J. Foyt Enterprises||PHX||LBH||INDY
|Machinists Union Racing||MIL
|1987||Machinists Union Racing||LBH
- 1 Replaced by Johnny Parsons
|1985||March||Cosworth||DNQ||A. J. Foyt Enterprises|
|1986||March||Chevy V6||DNQ||A. J. Foyt Enterprises|
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