New Lineup, Fresh Focus For Abel Motorsports At Indy Test

-Lazier Joins Squad for Chris Griffis Memorial Road to Indy Test This Weekend

Top-tier Road to Indy team Abel Motorsports of Louisville, KY is already in high gear preparing for the 2020 Indy Pro 2000 Championship season. The team will get back to business at the 2.44 mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course this coming weekend as part of the Road to Indy’s official Chris Griffis Memorial Test.  Abel Motorsports will field a revamped two-driver lineup in preparation for the upcoming campaign.

Team Leader Jacob Abel returns for his second season in Indy Pro 2000 competition.   He’ll be joined at the test by 20-year-old Flinn Lazier of Vail, CO, who comes off his second consecutive SCCA National Championship Runoffs victory.  Lazier won the Formula Atlantic title last weekend at Virginia International Raceway.  He’s a third-generation racer; his grandfather Bob is a former Indy 500 Rookie of the Year and SCCA National Champion, and father Buddy is a former Indy 500 winner and IndyCar champion. 

Jacob Abel, a freshman at Butler University in Indianapolis, recently completed a successful rookie year in Indy Pro 2000.  Abel finished ninth in the 2019 Championship, with several top-five and top-ten finishes to his credit.  “I can’t wait to get back into the race car,” noted the 18-year-old.  “Even though it’s only been a month or so since Laguna, it seems like forever.  We want to come out of the gate strong next spring at St. Pete, so these off-season tests are really important. I’m excited to get started!”

Team Principal Bill Abel is equally excited about the upcoming weekend.  “We didn’t have our program quite ready to go for the Griffis test a year ago, so we were a bit behind the 8-ball this past season at the IMS road course.    We’re hoping to further develop our cars so we can be closer to the front of the grid next May on Indy Grand Prix weekend.   And having Flinn (Lazier) join us for this test will help us see where we stack up and what we need to work on over the winter months.”

For his part, the 20-year-old Lazier is thrilled.  “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to test with Abel Motorsports at Indy this weekend,” said the third-generation driver.  “I’ve visited the team a few times over the past year and have seen nothing but a very high level of professionalism from the crew and Jacob as well. It’ll be great to be in the Road to Indy paddock this weekend and I’m super happy to be running with Abel Motorsports.”

The Abel Motorsports cars and drivers will have three 45-minute sessions both Saturday and Sunday this week on the IMS road course.   Live timing will be available all weekend at www.indypro2000.com, the official series website.

 

ABOUT ABEL MOTORSPORTS:

Abel Motorsports is a top-tier open wheel development team based in Louisville, KY, with driving, sponsorship, and marketing opportunities available in several major open wheel series for 2020.For more information, visit us atwww.abelmotorsports.com

Podium, Three Top-Fives, Highlight Abel's Laguna Debut

Inaugural Visit to Monterey Sees Team Enjoy Strong 2019 Finish

Abel Motorsports wrapped up their first Indy Pro 2000 season on a strong note, during IndyCar’s first visit back to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 15 seasons this weekend.   The Abel team earned another podium finish in Sunday’s season finale as Parker Thompson wheeled the #8 Abel Motorsports machine to a strong 2ndplace finish, backing up his 4thon Saturday and cementing his 3rdplace in the final Championship standings.

Abel Motorsports’ lead driver, 18-year-old college freshman Jacob Abel, took time off from his studies at Butler University to earn 7th and 5th place finishes on the weekend.  Those results moved young Abel into a tie for 8th in the final season standings.  

Unofficially, Abel Motorsports stands 3rd in the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 Team Championship for 2019.

Thompson, from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, won the first two races of the year at St. Petersburg, FL.   “If we’d had a few more laps, I think we would have won the finale,” said Thompson.  “The Abel Motorsports guys gave me a great opportunity this year.   We had a strong season, and I know this team has made great progress in 2019.   They will be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.  Jacob has made huge strides this season and he will win plenty of races during his career.  It’s been a terrific year, and it’s been an honor to be part of this team.”

Abel was equally pleased with his final race weekend of the year. “We were quick today.  We had great pace, and I would have liked to have had a few more laps to really show what we were capable of.   I think we could have been on the podium.  This team has really grown this season and I’ve learned a lot. I’m starting to prepare for 2020 tomorrow, and I can’t wait to get back in the car.”

Team Principal Bill Abel noted, “This has been a great first year on the Road to Indy.  We’ve learned a lot about this series and this system, and what it takes to succeed here. This is a tough series full of strong teams and fast drivers.   Being able to run up front here is quite an accomplishment.  We’ve built our team and added quality people to be able to contend in this Championship.   We’re excited about next year and we will continue to grow our program.”

Abel Motorsports also congratulates the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 Champion, Kyle Kirkwood.  Kirkwood won the 2018 F3 Americas Championship driving for Abel Motorsports, and credits his time with the Abel team for much of his success this year.  Kirkwood plans to move on to Indy Lights in 2020.

Next up for the Abel team is the annual Road to Indy Chris Griffiths Memorial Series Test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in a month, on October 19-20, 2019.    The 2020 season begins once again with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, FL, in mid-March.

 

ABOUT ABEL MOTORSPORTS:

Abel Motorsports competes in a variety of major professional open wheel developmental series.   Marketing, sponsorship, and driving opportunities are available with the team for the 2020 season.    Keep up to date on Abel Motorsports at the team’s official website, www.abelmotorsports.com.

Indy Pro 2000 Team Looks To End 2019 Atop Podium

Kentucky-based Team Planning to Cement Third in Championship

From the first laps turned by Abel Motorsports in their first Road to Indy season, the team has been fast and strong.   Now, with the Indy Pro 2000 season concluding this weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca alongside IndyCar’s return to the Monterey, California track, the two-car Abel team is planning to wrap up its first year in the Road to Indy with strong finishes and top-seven positions in the Championship.

“We have learned a lot in our first year with the Road to Indy”, said Team Principal Bill Abel.  “We won our first two races in Indy Pro 2000 at St. Pete with Parker (Thompson), and probably got a little ahead of ourselves at times.  This is a very tough, well-run series, and it takes a lot of effort and talent to win here.”  

“ The rest of the season has been more of a learning experience for us and our drivers.  Now, we want to go to California and end this first year on a high note.  Our goals are to win, lock up 3rd in the Championship with Parker, and help Jacob move up maybe to 7th in the Championship.”

Thompson, from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, has seen lots of growth and improvement in his Abel Motorsports team since the start of 2019. “I like our chances at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca,” commented Thompson.   “It’s a new race for 2019, but we plan to unload and be competitive right away and build from there.  Combine that with my past knowledge of the track from USF2000 in 2016 and I think it’ll make for a very successful weekend.  Everyone at Abel Motorsports is aiming to finish the season how we started it… on top of the box.”    Thompson has two victories on the year and is 3rd in the Championship.

18-year-old college freshman Jacob Abel has spent the year visiting new tracks for the first time and learning how competitive the Road to Indy really is.   He’ll be facing similar circumstances at WRLS this weekend.  “It’s a completely new track for me and I’m looking forward to it,” said Abel.  “I’ve never been on track there but I have done a lot of sim work to get ready.  It should be a good way to end the season. My confidence level is high, after scoring a pair of podiums last weekend in another series.   I think we can be up front this weekend as well.  It should be a lot of fun!”

Indy Pro 2000 qualifying takes place on Friday, with Race 1 at 410PM PDT on Saturday, and Race 2 at 315PM PDT on Sunday, Sept. 22nd.  Live timing and scoring is available at www.indypro2000.com.

F3 Championship Team Closes Season With Strong Weekend

Defending Champs Show Speed: 2 Poles, 2 Podiums at Sebring Finale

18-year-old driving sensation Jacob Abel and his Abel Motorsports F3 Americas team showcased their strength on one of the world’s toughest racetracks this past weekend, earning 2 of 3 poles on their way to 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the season finale F3Americas triple-header at Florida’s Sebring International Raceway.   Young Abel was forced to miss two of the season’s six race weekends due to schedule conflicts, but still earned 4thin the year’s final Championship standings.

To add to the impressive performance, Abel looked to be on his way to victory in the weekend’s second race, before a spin led to a DNF.  Abel and his #51 Ligier-Honda earned fastest race lap honors in all three rounds on the weekend, further showcasing the team’s progress.   “It was great to return to the F3 paddock at Sebring,” said Jacob.  “Having the fast lap in all three races is something to build on, but I’m a bit disappointed that we couldn’t win our third race of the season.  I had a bit of trouble coming to grips with the standing starts, which are way different than the rolling starts I’ve gotten used to.  I gave up spots in all three races and had to work my way back into contention.”

Abel went on to say, “In Race 2, I had just taken the lead going into turn 7, but I missed my marks in the braking zone, went around, and couldn’t refire the car. Otherwise we would have been on the podium in all three races!”

Team Principal Bill Abel was equally excited by the strong weekend results.  “It was great to be back with SCCA Pro Racing and Honda in the F3 Americas paddock.  We’ve missed two weekends and have run a single-car effort in F3, but we’re proud that we were able to show how good our team is.  Two poles, two podiums, and three fastest race laps was outstanding.  We’re very excited for Jacob to finish 4thin the Championship, and to have our team finish 3rdin the Team Championship as well.”

While Abel Motorsports’ plans for 2020 are not yet firm, the team has had an outstanding first two years in the F3 Americas Championship powered by Honda, earning the inaugural Championship in 2018 to go with this season’s success.

Announcements concerning the next steps for Jacob Abel and Abel Motorsports are expected in the weeks to come.

Reigning F3 Americas Champs Return for Sebring Finale

Jacob Abel Bidding for Top-Two Title Finish in Closing Tripleheader

Reigning F3 Americas Championship team Abel Motorsports of Louisville, KY is mounting one of the busiest racing schedules anywhere in 2019.  Competing regularly in two of the country’s toughest open wheel development series is tough enough.  Having earned victories in both is a unique accomplishment.

Now, Abel Motorsports lead driver Jacob Abel returns to F3 Americas competition for the first time since the series ran at Pitt Race in June. Despite having to miss the following two race weekends due to schedule conflicts, Abel comes into the season-ending tripleheader 4thin the Championship, just 24 markers out of 2nd. The college freshman earned his first two professional victories earlier this season at Road Atlanta in F3 Americas action.  And with 75 points up for grabs for three race wins, Abel knows anything is possible.

“That is the goal,” commented the 18-year-old rising star.  “Even though I’ve had to miss a couple of events I’ve still got a shot at 2ndin the Championship. I have plenty of confidence after winning at Road Atlanta earlier this year.  We’ve had some great runs, some great finishes in F3 Americas this season.  It’s going to be good to get back in that car, in that paddock.  We’ve found some things with the car recently that should bring us some better pace.   I know Sebring a good bit.  We’ve tested on the short course, and I’ve done some sim work on the full course, so I think we’re ready for the challenge.”

Team Principal Bill Abel agrees.  “We are excited about being able to finish up the F3 Americas season at Sebring.  I’ve raced there a lot in vintage competition. We’ve been working with the F3 car since the Pitt Race weekend.  It wasn’t our best race weekend of the year, so we’ve gone back to work and we’ve figured out some things on the car.  We’re pretty optimistic about the event.  I think Sebring suits Jacob’s driving style, so we’re looking forward to it.”

Abel Motorsports dominated the 2018 F3Americas Championship with driver Kyle Kirkwood earning the first-ever F3Americas title, and Jacob Abel garnering several solid finishes in his rookie season. This year, while racing full time in another series, Abel Motorsports will have competed in four of the six F3Americas weekends.   Jacob Abel has put together an extremely impressive F3 season thus far with two wins, four 3rds, and a 4th-place finish in just 8 series starts, good for 4thin the Championship.   Three strong runs at Sebring this weekend could mean a Vice Championship for young Abel, another high-water mark in the young ace’s career.

Abel Motorsports Seeking Pacific Northwest Redemption

Indy Pro 2000 Squad Aiming to Turn Page in Portland

First-year Indy Pro 2000 team Abel Motorsports of Louisville, KY, is looking forward to getting to Portland International Raceway in Oregon at the end of this week, continuing their quest for a Championship in their inaugural full-time season of racing on the Road to Indy.

The Abel team has spent a hectic week preparing for the year’s next-to-last road course doubleheader, part of Grand Prix of Portland IndyCar weekend.   Driver Parker Thompson of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, sits third in the Championship despite struggling on the last two race weekends.   He’s still within striking distance of the top spot in the points chase.

“I can’t wait to get to Portland, and turn right AND left,” said Thompson.  “This Abel Motorsports team deserves so much more, these last two weekends of this season. We’ve had our difficulties this last month, but we have a lot to be proud of this year.  I’m ready to go out West and showcase what we’re able to do as a team.”   Thompson won the season’s first two rounds on the temporary circuit in St. Petersburg, FL, in March.   “The goal is to win now, and help set up this team, and my teammate Jacob Abel, so they can win a championship next season.”

The 18-year-old Abel is working overtime, beginning his freshman year at Butler University in Indianapolis, while pursuing his ultimate goal of becoming a top-level IndyCar driver.  “It should be good going to Portland.   We’ve had a lot of pace these past few weekends, but we just haven’t been able to put it all together.  We’re going to keep pushing and get the results this team deserves.”

Team Principal Bill Abel knows how tough his group is in the face of adversity.  After battling tire and mechanical issues at World-Wide Technology Raceway outside St. Louis last week, the team worked late into Saturday night.  They had to replace an engine in their #51 car and swap oval track setups for road course configurations for both machines to get set for the Portland challenge.  “These guys work incredibly hard.  I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished this year, learning how to operate within the Road to Indy.  We haven’t done everything yet that we’ve wanted to, but we’re learning and growing, and we’ll be ready to run up front the rest of 2019, and throughout 2020.”

Jacob Abel stands 10thin the Championship with four rounds remaining in the season and hopes to move up in the final standings in September.  He’ll resume his quest in qualifying this Friday afternoon, with Race 1 of the weekend starting at 525pm PDT on Saturday, August 31.   Race 2 takes place Sunday at 3:10pm PDT, September 1.  Live timing and scoring is available at www.indypro2000.com.

Rising Road To Indy Team Perseveres at WWT Raceway

Second 2019 Oval Race Provides Measuring Stick For Abel Team

First-year Indy Pro 2000 team Abel Motorsports of Louisville, KY came to World Wide Technology Raceway outside St. Louis with high hopes this weekend, anticipating a pair of strong runs at the season’s second and final oval track event.  Unfortunately, a decision to use sticker tires for qualifying kept the two Abel machines from finding speed for the weekend and led to disappointing results.

“I honestly felt collectively this was going to be our best race of the year,” noted Canadian ace Parker Thompson, driver of the #8 Abel Motorsports entry.  “It showed that way in testing.   Last year you would never scrub tires.  These new Cooper tires, we were the only team that didn’t scrub tires, and we paid the price on that.”   

Thompson qualified only 9th, and teammate Jacob Abel qualified 10th.   During the pre-event test at WWTR, the Abel cars were in the top six the entire time.  “At the end, we had a top-three car. We just didn’t have the chance to show it.”   Thompson did take advantage of a couple of restarts to gain ground, finishing 6thon the day Saturday.   With four races remaining in the 2019 season Thompson remains 3rdin the Championship, -64 to the leader.

Teammate Jacob Abel meantime suffered an early mechanical failure and was credited with a 12thplace finish.   

“It’s unfortunate.  We had a lot of confidence coming in.   We had a lot of things happen that were out of our control.  This was one of the tracks where we thought we could have some of our best results.  It just didn’t work out that way.”  Despite the setback, Abel remains 10th in the Championship standings with two race weekends remaining on the West Coast.

“We’re disappointed with the weekend obviously,” commented Team Principal Bill Abel.   “We were expecting much better results after the series test here.  All in all, a good learning experience. Parker was able to come back after our qualifying issues and earn a solid finish.   With Jacob, mechanical issues happen sometimes in this sport.  We’re not done yet for sure.”

The hard-working Abel team picked up their wrenches immediately after the checkered flag Saturday, working to prep their two Indy Pro 2000 machines  for the upcoming doubleheader weekend at Portland International Raceway in Oregon this coming Saturday and Sunday.    Results plus live timing and scoring are available at www.indypro2000.com, the official series website.

Top Road To Indy Team Ready For Final Oval Test of Year

Championship Hopes, Top Fives Among WWT Raceway Goals

        First-year Indy Pro 2000 team Abel Motorsports of Louisville, KY, has faced many tough tests in its inaugural year in Road to Indy competition.   The team has scored its first two victories, and has notched a series of podium, top-five, and top-ten finishes.   Now, with just three race weekends remaining in the 2019 season, the Abel Motorsports squad is planning to finish strong, with the season championship still within reach.

  “We had a really good test at World Wide Technology Raceway with the series last week,” noted team principal Bill Abel.  “Both cars were reasonably quick all day, and we accomplished what we needed to in terms of setups for the event.   This is a unique race, 55 laps on a mile and a quarter speedway, one of our longest races in distance this year.   We’re excited about the weekend and the challenge.”

Drivers Jacob Abel and Parker Thompson are both primed for success this week as well at the St. Louis, MO area oval.    Abel qualified fifth and finished fifth in his first-ever oval start earlier this season at Lucas Oil Raceway in suburban Indianapolis.    Abel currently is 10thin the Indy Pro 2000 Championship.    His teammate, Thompson, from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, has two victories on the season and is currently 3rdin the Championship, just 48 points out of the lead.    While both Abel and Thompson struggled in the team’s most recent outing at Mid-Ohio, 

Thompson has plenty of confidence coming into the WWTR event. “This race presents a huge opportunity for all of us at Abel Motorsports,” commented Thompson.   “We were very competitive on the oval at LOR earlier this year.  I think we can showcase that again this weekend.   Everyone who’s a part of Abel Motorsports has been working hard to make sure we’re ready for battle.  I’m looking forward to turning left again in a few short days!”

  As for the 18-year-old Abel, it’s been a busy summer indeed.  He’s graduated from high school, has been working as a driving instructor at the Mid-Ohio School, recently completed his first sports car test for Acura Motorsports and HPD in an NSX-GT3 Evo, and this week, is moving into his dorm at Indiana’s Butler University to begin his college studies.    Now, the first-year Road to Indy competitor looks to contend for his first podium in Indy Pro 2000 action.  With three event weekends and five more starts ahead in 2019, this could be his time to shine.

 The Abel Motorsports cars and drivers will practice and qualify Friday, and race Saturday afternoon at World Wide Technology Raceway.

Mid Ohio Home Cooking No Banquet for Rising Road To Indy Team

Team Salvages Pair of Top Tens Sunday After Tough Saturday

Top-tier Road to Indy team Abel Motorsports of Louisville, KY came into Honda Indy 200 weekend at their home track, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, expecting to build on their string of strong 2019 results.   While the two-car Indy Pro 2000 squad showed speed, strong results were hard to come by.

Series veteran Parker Thompson of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, and lead driver Jacob Abel both qualified well Friday for Saturday’s opener of the doubleheader weekend.   Thompson started third, with Abel fourth on the grid.    But things went south quickly.   “On lap 1, another driver popped out on me,” commented Abel, “he got into me hard, and that was it.   I’m ok, but we got all four corners of the car.”    Thompson, meanwhile, ran with the leaders in the early laps, before encountering drive train issues with his machine.   “We came in hoping to build on the podiums we scored at Toronto,” noted the young Canadian ace.  But an issue with an electrical component controlling the gearbox sent Thompson’s machine behind pit wall.

Sunday, after the Abel Motorsports crew pulled an all-nighter to repair both cars, Abel and Thompson were ready to do battle.   Thompson gridded 3rd, with Abel 7th.    Thompson got a great start, moving to 2ndquickly.   But a late restart would prove his undoing.   “The caution with 2 laps to go wasn’t what we were looking for.    I don’t think I kept the tires clean enough under caution, and we weren’t good on the first lap.   I’ll take the blame for that one.   

But that’s racing.   There’s highs and lows, and we will keep pushing through the adversity.”  Thompson finished 4th, dropping to third in the Championship.  Three race weekends remain in the 2019 season.

For young Abel, Sunday’s race saw him struggle throughout the 25 lap run, ending up 10th.   “It was definitely a rough weekend.   The boys worked really hard all night long to get both cars ready to race (Sunday).   I had problems starting so far back, working to get around some other cars.  It was just a bunch of bad luck, things that were out of our control.   We showed a lot of determination as a team, and now we’ll go back and get ready for World Wide Technology Raceway in a few weeks.”

Team Principal Bill Abel was equally grateful to his crew.  “We’re not happy with the results at Mid-Ohio, but we’re looking forward to getting to Gateway. It’s part of the measure of our team that we battle hard through adversity.  These weekends happen.  That’s why they call it racing, not winning.”

Indy Pro 2000 action resumes August 24 on the 1.25 mile World Wide Technology Raceway, just outside St. Louis.    Thompson is now 3rd, 48 points out of the Championship lead, with Abel now 11th in the standings.

 ABOUT ABEL MOTORSPORTS:

 Abel Motorsports is a full-time open wheel development team, mounting a two-car Indy Pro 2000 effort in 2019.The team also competes in other professional series and has driving and marketing opportunities available throughout the year.Keep up to date on Abel Motorsports at the team’s official website,www.abelmotorsports.com.