To describe Mike Ryan's career with automobiles is to describe a passion for anything with wheels. From farm tractors to Ferraris, Ryan has driven, crashed, or raced them all. From learning to operate heavy equipment at a local nursery before he was old enough to drive, the teenage Ryan also enjoyed riding and repairing go-karts and motorcycles. This early interest led him to a career with automobiles.
When he was just 18, his passion for automobiles brought him into stuntman Ronnie Ross' shop in Southern California, where Ryan began working for free in exchange for stunt driving lessons. Within six months, Ryan performed his first paid stunt.
In 1997, he started competing in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, held annually in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The race is the second oldest motor-sports event in the US after the Indianopolis 500.
Ryan frequently reconstructs accidents, often serving as an expert witness in cases involving traffic collisions. In 1998, he began speaking to drivers in truck fleets on safety and accident avoidance maneuvers for semi truck drivers.
Ryan lives in Southern California with his wife, Maureen, and their fifteen-year old son, Kristofer.