Michael didn't apply to be on the show. His son, Marco, was signed to do the show but dropped out right before filming began due the the death of his teammate and good friend Dan Wheldon in a crash. Michael stepped in last minute as a replacement which I gather was appreciated by the show. He probably had not researched the show that much or even put much thought into it. It was a last minute decision made in, what I am sure, was a very difficult moment.
Michael was indeed lovely and has been praised by his teammates as likeable, intelligent and hard-working. I've come to understand that in reality TV one needs mountains of salt and big shovels to sift through the set-up bullshit when one is looking for the truth. Listen to Adam Carolla's podcast if you want to know how "real" CApp is. Michael even stated himself that his edit was a bit skewed, making him look like he was constantly standing around doing nothing. Apparently, not the truth. Who knew reality could be so open to manipulation, huh?
Edited by onthebrink03, Mar 20, 2012 @ 4:29 PM.