Roger Gilligan heard a man from Chicago promoting races at the Allegan Fairgrounds. Chet Jones, uncle of track owner Marty Jones, mechanized on Gilligan's first car, a 1934 Ford coupe. Gilligan, still holds the Kalamazoo Speedway record of 11 straight feature wins set in 1952.
Gilligan wins wherever he appears. He won a $1,000 first prize for a marathon event at Ionia in 1952, and the state title from Michigan's best drivers. March 28,1987 Roger was inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports.
Roger started his racing career in 1949 at age 22