FIRST-YEAR USF2000 TEAM TURNS HEADS AT MID-OHIO TEST IN ADVANCE OF TRIPLEHEADER RACE WEEKEND
The USF2000 Series presented by Cooper Tires, part of the official Road to Indy ladder system, is full of tough teams and accomplished young drivers. USF2000 rookie Jacob Abel and his Abel Motorsports team are looking more and more as thought they are ready to take their place among the series’ top squads, as USF2000 prepares for its annual visit to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on July 28-30.
On day one of the Series’ official pre-race test last week, Jacob Abel and his #79 Abel Motorsports entry posted the day’s third fastest time, with more than twenty cars turning laps on the day. Team principal Bill Abel noted, “It was a good day. This team is learning and improving all the time. “
On day two, Jacob and Abel Motorsports improved even more, running solidly in the top quarter of the 24-car field. And in the day’s last session, Jacob Abel posted the quickest lap, a 1:21:78. Overall, Jacob posted the sixth-best time of the two-day test. “It was pretty awesome. Really impressive. We’ve been to this track a lot, and experience here makes a difference. We’re going to focus now on the race weekend and prepare, try to have the same results” noted the 17-year-old.
Abel Motorsports race engineer Ian Brown liked what he saw in the test.
“Jacob’s the real deal. You can see things coming together. So much happens so quickly in his growth as a driver. Jacob’s just starting to show the talent he’s got.”
Jacob Abel made his USF2000 driving debut at Mid-Ohio exactly a year ago, running well and picking up valuable experience. It’s the team’s home track, the place where they have the most laps. They’ve had success there too in another open-wheel development series. And now they look ready to contend for podium spots when the first of the weekend’s three races goes green on Friday afternoon.
Team Principal Bill Abel says the test was “a huge success. Really good. Everything we planned worked out well. Now, we want to continue that through to race weekend. I’m cautiously optimistic.”
Jacob Abel, Abel Motorsports, and their 79 car return to the track for the tripleheader USF2000 weekend starting July 27 at Mid-Ohio. Follow the team’s quest for success with live timing and scoring at www.usf2000.com.