Michael Gaughan began his off-road life in a Class 2 buggy, from 1969 until he stopped competing in 1991. But, his main contribution to the industry is his patronage and advocacy. He sponsored many race teams, including Walker Evans Racing, Butch and Pat Dean Racing, Brian Collins Racing, John Gaughan Racing and Evan Evans Racing. Over many years, Gaughan has supported numerous award banquets, and held tech inspections and contingency sponsor displays at his hotel properties, among many other supportive ventures. It has always been important to Michael to raise the level of respect for the off-road community.