Michael J. Fisher was born in Hollywood, California. He was an amateur racer who participated in 2 Grand Prix, debuting on August 27, 1967. He had raced a variety of cars prior to his GP appearances including a Lotus 18 and Porsche 906 and 910 sports cars.
In 1967 he entered the Canadian Grand Prix with the ex-Jim Clark Lotus 33. The car had been bought by Earl Chiles and fitted with a 2-litre BRM. Clark had totally dominated the 1965 season with the car, the famous 'R11'. Fisher himself performed respectably well in Canada, though he was forced to take the gearbox apart himself in order to fix a leaking oil seal because all the friends who volunteered to help him were not mechanically inclined. He ended up finishing 11th. He did well in practice for the Mexican GP, qualifying 10th and he was unfortunate not to start when a diaphragm on his fuel metering unit ruptured.
His racing career was interrupted by the Vietnam war with Mike entering pilot training in 1968. He flew a number of fighters including F-102, F-101, F-4 and F-15. In 1994 he was assigned to the Pentagon and was CART's executive vice-president of racing for three months during 1997. Leaving by mutual consent.