F3 AMERICAS DEBUT WEEKEND A STORYBOOK TALE FOR ABEL MOTORSPORTS

Leading open wheel team breaks out the brooms, sweeps first-ever F3 Americas tripleheader

Top-flight Louisville-based open wheel racing team Abel Motorsports put together a weekend to remember, during the new F3Americas Championship’s first ever event.  Abel Motorsports took delivery of their brand new Ligier/Honda race car just days before the first F3Americas event, signed one of America’s best young open wheel racers to drive, and then schooled the competition in all three rounds of the new series.   The three-race weekend was held at Pittsburgh International Race Complex just north of the Steel City.

Reigning F4US Championship titleholder Kyle Kirkwood, of Jupiter, FL, jumped into the Abel Motorsports F3 Americas machine for the opening rounds of the  course in another important open wheel development series.   Kirkwood continued to build his championship resume’ by starting the opener on the front row, then recovering from a near-disaster while trying to take the lead, before making the winning pass early in the 35-minute timed event.  Kirkwood rolled to a 5.5-second margin of victory in Round 1 of the Championship.

“We had a great weekend.  We take this as a huge step forward for Abel Motorsports.   We think these opening rounds of F3 are something our team will always have to remember.  Hats off to Kyle Kirkwood for the spectacular job he did, helping us get there” commented team principal Bill Abel.

The weekend’s second 35 minute event was more of the same.  Kirkwood had earned the pole for Round 2 by setting the fastest race lap in the opener.   

When the green lights came on, the young champion and his Abel Motorsports machine were long gone.   Kirkwood ended up scoring another dominant win, cruising to the checkers more than 8 seconds ahead of the field.

The pairing of Kirkwood and the Abel Motorsports F3Americas machine was too much for the competition in the weekend’s closer as well.   After earning his second pole starting spot, Kirkwood was in command all the way in this one, flying to a 14.7 second win to complete the sweep.   

The tripleheader victory gives Kirkwood a realistic shot at an unprecedented accomplishment: winning three major open wheel championships in little more than a year (F4US, USF2000, and F3Americas).   Team principal Bill Abel is excited to give Kirkwood that opportunity.   “The next F3 weekend is right away, next week, at Mid Ohio, one of our favorite race tracks.  We feel really good about our chances at that event.”

The new F3Americas Championship moves right into its second weekend of action in just a few days, with another three rounds of the series set to unfold at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course starting Friday.   

ABEL MOTORSPORTS LEADS ENTRY LIST FOR F3 AMERICAS SERIES DEBUT

Top tier open-wheel squad one of first to embrace next step on FIA driver development ladder; F4 US Champion returns to drive new Ligier-Honda

Top-tier open wheel racing team Abel Motorsports of Louisville, KY is adding more firepower to its driver roster as well as to its Formula Car stable.   

Abel Motorsports has announced that reigning F4 US Championship title holder Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, FL is joining the team to drive its new F3Americas Ligier-Honda in the F3 Series’ debut events this weekend.

 Abel Motorsports took delivery of the new Ligier JS3 machine powered by a turbocharged Honda K20 four-cylinder engine Monday at Pitt Race, where the new F3Americas series is holding its first team test days in advance of this weekend’s first-ever F3Americas races.    And busy getting fitted into the new machine was Kirkwood, who has already claimed another major open-wheel racing championship in 2018.   “It’s extremely exciting. These cars look amazing.  I’m really looking forward to having the chance to drive this car for Abel Motorsports in its debut.    I’ve known the Abels for awhile now.

They have a really good team and I’m looking forward to working with them.” 

The F3 Americas series is affiliated with the international FIA driver development ladder and represents the next step up from the F4 US Championship.   “To have the F3 car with 100 more horsepower than what I’ve been driving is a big step.

Any racer wants more power in their car, and that’s what I’ll have here!” noted Kirkwood. Team principal Bill Abel is also excited about growing the squad’s roster.   “We plan to continue to grow Abel Motorsports’ footprint in major open-wheel racing.   Having the chance to be in F3Americas at the start, and to have a driver with the resume’ of Kyle Kirkwood join us, is a huge step for our group.   We couldn’t be more pleased.” 

Team Manager Mark Gibbs is equally thrilled.   “We’re ready to get going with this new race car, and see how the weekend turns out.   Kyle’s been very impressive already.  He’s very hands-on.  We can’t wait to see how he does with a bigger, slightly heavier car with more wing, more tire, and much more power.” F3Americas is scheduled to run three 40:00 races on each of six weekends in the second half of 2018, beginning at Pitt Race Saturday, August 4th, and Sunday August 5th. 

 

PREMIER F4 US CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD READIES TWO-CAR ATTACK FOR NEW RACE VENUE

Young veteran Jacob Loomis returns alongside team leader Jacob Abel for Pitt International Race Complex series debut

Leading open-wheel development team Abel Motorsports, of Louisville, Kentucky, is turning the dog days of summer into incredible days of growth. Fresh off a race weekend of learning and growing at Mid Ohio, the team is preparing its pair of F4 US Championship Onroak-Honda race cars for the F4 Series’ debut at Pitt Race, about half an hour north of the Steel City.

The Abel squad hauled immediately to Pitt Race on Sunday night, testing their F4 machines after wrapping up their most recent race weekend at Honda’s home track.   And for the first time in some time, the Abel F4 team is at full strength:  young talent Jacob Loomis will return alongside team leader Jacob Abel for the weekend’s tripleheader.   The team’s focus is on reaching the  podium for the first time this season.

“I’m looking forward to it.  I’m excited to get back in the F4 car and put it on the sharp end of the grid.    I can’t wait to get onto the track at Pitt Race.  Everyone’s going to have a clean slate, since it’s a new track on our schedule”, commented driver Jacob Abel.   Abel currently sits 9thin the Championship, with his teammate Jacob Loomis in 10th.  For his part, Loomis is chomping at the bit to go racing again after missing the F4 Mid Ohio weekend.  “I’m grateful Abel Motorsports is giving me the opportunity to come back to the team.  I hated having to miss the last race weekend.   Having a two-car team really helps us both.  We share each other’s data and video and it helps our performance.   I’m really hoping for that first podium of the season.”

For the team, it’ll be an especially pressure-packed event.  Abel Motorsports is one of the first teams to step up and acquire one of the brand-new F3 Americas cars and will have that car on the Pitt Race grid for the Series’ debut rounds this weekend.    “Running three cars in two different series puts extra pressure on our guys”, noted team principal Bill Abel, “but I know they’re up to the task.   We’ll be ready to go racing!” 

NEW TEAM, ROOKIE DRIVER MAKE PRESENCE FELT AT MID OHIO INDYCAR WEEKEND

Team’s, driver’s second USF2000 weekend a model of consistency

Groundbreaking new open-wheel team Abel Motorsports made just their second appearance of 2018 this past weekend, racing at Mid Ohio in the official “Road to Indy” USF2000 Championship series.   The Abel squad earned plenty of attention on the strength of three 11th-place finishes.    And their series-rookie driver, 17-year-old Jacob Abel, demonstrated his talent and potential by running consistently, staying out of trouble, and most crucially, gaining positions each time out.

Jacob Abel commented, “We didn’t perform as well as we’d hoped, but we learned a lot and will be better next time out.    Overall, we’re getting there.  There’s a lot of really aggressive racing going on out there in mid-pack, but we were able to bring the car home in one piece and gain spots in each race.”

Team principal Bill Abel was pleased at the results.  “We had a positive weekend.  Our expectations were high from the series test, and we’re glad to come away with valuable experience” in the highly-competitive USF2000 series.

Team driving coach Shelby Blackstock also noted the progress made by driver Jacob Abel.  “He’s made a lot of progress, a lot of big jumps.   We found some things to work on.  It’s important to have some races under our belt this year, before going for the Championship next season. The good news is, Jacob is disappointed with finishing 11th. He’s hungry for more.”

Team engineer Ian Brown sees plenty of positives from the Mid Ohio tripleheader.   “I think it’s been an excellent weekend.   We manage to keep progressing.  This series is difficult for drivers and for new teams like ours.   There are a lot of established race teams in this paddock that didn’t perform as well as we did, again this weekend.   We learned a lot, Jacob (Abel) gained a lot of ground as a driver.   He brought the car home in one piece all three times and that’s a strong statement.  The fact that we were consistent in all three races also speaks well of our growth as a team.    We’re looking forward to our next opportunity.”

ABEL MOTORSPORTS GEARING UP FOR SECOND 2018 ROAD TO INDY WEEKEND

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.  

SECOND-YEAR F4 US CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD PERSEVERES THROUGH STEAMY MID-OHIO WEEKEND; DRIVER JACOB ABEL NOTCHES FIRST TOP-5 FINISH OF 2018

Second-Year F4 Us Championship Squad Perseveres Through Steamy Mid-Ohio Weekend; Driver Jacob Abel Notches First Top-5 Finish Of 2018

Three down, three to go.   Three more chances to keep gaining ground in Season Two of a young racer’s career.   That was the story for rising young open wheel driver Jacob Abel and his Abel Motorsports team .at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this past weekend.   The event marked the midpoint of the F4 United States Championship season.   

17-year-old Abel found speed and consistency in the weekend’s second of three 30-minute sprint races, earning a top-six starting spot for the round, and racing his way to a top-five finish, his best run of the season thus far, and an F4 career best.  “We were really fast in the first two practices, and we had the 6thfastest lap in race 1, which gave us a real edge for race 2.  Now we need to build on that when we get to Pittsburgh in a few weeks” Jacob noted.

The top-five finish comes just a week after Jacob’s first career top-ten run in another series, further proof that young Abel and his team are making great progress towards their shared goal of becoming champions.   And it came on one of the hottest weather weekends at Mid-Ohio in recent years, putting additional pressure on both driver and race team.

Each F4 US weekend consists of three races counting towards the FIA-approved Championship.  Jacob Abel qualified 14thfor Mid-Ohio race #1, and gained 3 positions to finish 11thin a race that saw only four green-flag laps completed due to several on-track incidents.

Mid Ohio’s third half-hour F4 race was a tough one for Abel who failed to finish for the first time this year.   “We started thirteenth,” Jacob commented.  “We made good progress throughout the event.  I was about to make a pass for 8thwhen another competitor got me in the right rear as we were in turn 2, the Keyhole.  It did a lot of damage and ended our day with a couple laps left.   It was really disappointing.”  

But the top-five in Race #2 was his fourth top-ten of 2018 in the highly-competitive F4 US Championship.   It’s another high mark in the young racer’s developmental climb.    “For sure it was our best weekend yet.   We’re definitely more confident as a team.  This weekend was a coming-out for us”, commented Jacob, as the team prepares for F4’s fourth race weekend of the year at Pittsburgh International the first weekend of August.

Team manager Mark Gibbs reacted to the Mid-Ohio weekend: “The hot weather was a real challenge.   But more Mid-Ohio seat time is great for Jacob, and the fact that the track was greasy, and the fact that there was a lot of good tight racing…that’s always good.”

Team Principal Bill Abel called it “definitely a positive, successful weekend.   It was our second top five as a team, and we’re pretty excited about it.   We had speed all weekend, and we’re really looking forward to the second half of the season.”

 Abel Motorsports and Jacob Abel will return to action August 3-5 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, the year’s fourth racing weekend in the F4 US Championship powered by Honda.

PREMIER F4US CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD BRINGS SINGLE-CAR ASSAULT TO MID OHIO, SEARCHING FOR FIRST SERIES VICTORY

Premier F4US Championship squad brings single-car assault to Mid Ohio, searching for first series victory

Top F4 United States Championship team Abel Motorsports is charging full-throttle towards another intense weekend of F4 competition, this time at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.   It’s the season’s third weekend of F4 action, with 3 thirty-minute races on tap and a full field of strong drivers to deal with.  

Abel Motorsports, based in Louisville, KY, will field young contender Jacob Abel in his Onroak Automotive machine powered by Honda and riding on Pirelli racing slicks, for the tripleheader F4 weekend.   Abel is primed to battle for victory at Mid Ohio.

“Mid Ohio is one of my home tracks, for sure” noted Jacob Abel.   The 17-year-old ace had two top ten finishes in F4 action last season at what is one of America’s iconic natural-terrain road courses.   “I’m really looking forward to Mid Ohio and getting back into our F4 race car.  Hopefully we can run up front there, and challenge for a win. I have a ton of seat time at Mid Ohio, and it’s one of my favorite tracks.   It’s a big advantage to have been there before.”

Last year Jacob Abel, driver of the #22 Abel Motorsports F4 car, finished 24thin the highly-competitive Championship.   He is currently 12thin the 2018 standings. So far this season, Abel has earned a 4th and two 6th place finishes over the first two weekends of F4 action.

Abel Motorsports is based in Louisville, KY, and is led by Team Principal Bill Abel,Team Manager Mark Gibbs, and Lead Engineer Larry Nash.    Driver coach Shelby Blackstock is also on board.   Abel Motorsports offers racing opportunities to young drivers in the F4 US Championship and the new F3 Americas Championship launching this August, along with other disciplines.    

USF2000 SERIES DEBUT AT ROAD AMERICA PROVIDES OUTSTANDING MOMENTS, LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR ABEL MOTORSPORTS, DRIVER JACOB ABEL

NEWS FROM ABEL MOTORSPORTS

6.25.18

USF2000 SERIES DEBUT AT ROAD AMERICA PROVIDES OUTSTANDING MOMENTS, LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR ABEL MOTORSPORTS, DRIVER JACOB ABEL

         Young open wheel veteran Jacob Abel knew he’d face a weekend of challenges, making his 2018 series debut in USF2000 with his Abel Motorsports team. One of the toughest was getting accustomed to the strong level of competition in the Mazda Road to Indy series.   Another was finding more speed at Road America, the legendary 4-mile natural terrain road course in Wisconsin.

          Jacob Abel had notched the 12th-best time during an official series test the week before the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America.     In qualifying for the race weekend, pace was difficult to find.    Jacob qualified 19thfor the Saturday 50-mile event, race 1 of the doubleheader weekend.   But when the green flew for the opener, Jacob and his team responded… notching the 4thfastest lap of the race.

       On the start, young Abel worked to settle in, gaining a few positions In the opening laps.    “It was pretty crazy out there”, the teenager noted.

“When you come up the front stretch there’s a concrete wall right there to your right.  It doesn’t take much to get into trouble.”

       There were a pair of on-track incidents that produced action-packed restarts. While Abel didn’t earn the result he was hoping for, he gained 4 positions in his Abel Motorsports 79 car, finishing 15thin the opener.   

         “We’ve gotten the car better and better this weekend.  Now I feel we’re close.   I’m really proud of our Abel Motorsports guys, making this much progress so soon.”

       The progress was obvious in Sunday’s second Road America round.   “We knew track conditions would be a lot different,” Jacob noted.   “We didn’t qualify well (17th), but I got a good start and passed a couple of cars right away.   There were a lot of incidents.. I had contact and spun once myself.   But we stayed in it and made up ground, made a few more passes on a restart,” Jacob added.   A steward’s decision to penalize other competitors boosted Abel to 10thin the final rundown, a USF2000 career best thus far.

      Team engineer and crew chief Larry Nash was pleased as well.   “Jacob did a nice job.  This is a somewhat quicker car than what he’s used to, more downforce, and gaining our first top ten here was a great accomplishment.”

 

 

ABEL MOTORSPORTS MAKES ITS USF2000 DEBUT AT ROAD AMERICA THIS WEEKEND

NEWS FROM ABEL MOTORSPORTS

6.18.18

ABEL MOTORSPORTS MAKES ITS USF2000 DEBUT AT ROAD AMERICA THIS WEEKEND

-Young open wheel veteran Jacob Abel will pilot new team’s car in their Series debut-

Racing is all about progress.   Drivers and teams search for gains in performance and speed constantly.   For Jacob Abel and his Abel Motorsports team, the search for speed moves to a new stage this weekend: the Cooper Tires USF2000 Series, powered by Mazda, on track at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, for the Koehler Grand Prix.

Abel Motorsports, based in Louisville, KY, currently campaigns a two-car effort in another prominent open wheel development series.   17-year-old Jacob is 12thcurrently in that championship, where he’s in his second season.   He ran one weekend in 2017 with an established USF2000 team, picking up a 9thplace finish at Mid Ohio.

For Jacob and his team, the 4-mile Road America layout presents a different sort of challenge.    “It’s an awesome race track.   It’s the first track I ever went to as a spectator, and as a driver it’s really special to me.   The Carousel, the Kink…those are tough, but it’s a lot of fun.”

The Abel Motorsports team, led by owner Bill Abel and Team Manager Mark Gibbs, had only one day at Putnam Park in Indiana to shake down the new USF2000 machine before taking part in an official series test last week at Road America.    

Abel Motorsports’ driver coach, veteran Road to Indy competitor Shelby Blackstock, was pleased that Jacob Abel posted the 12thbest time of the test.   “Getting some laps in traffic at Road America’s a real eye-opener,” said Shelby. 

“Being part of the Mazda Road to Indy, being in front of IndyCar teams and owners, it’s serious business.  Jacob’s ready for it, the team’s ready for it.  It’s going to be a great weekend.”  

Team principal Bill Abel is excited to have the opportunity to field a car in a new series for his young driver.  “Our whole goal is to become a top-shelf open wheel race team.   We’re building and growing quickly to reach that goal.   There’s a bit of a lull in the schedule this month in the series where we compete regularly, so we thought getting into USF2000 and the Road to Indy now was a really good idea.  It’s a good way to give Jacob more quality seat time.”

For driver Jacob Abel, weekend expectations are realistic.   “We want to finish as high as we can.   A top ten would be a good weekend for us, considering how little time we have with the car and how much we have to learn.”

Abel Motorsports’ quest for knowledge, speed, and performance resumes this weekend in the Kettle Moraine of Wisconsin.   Qualifying for the Koehler Grand Prix takes place Friday afternoon, June 22nd, with Race 1 on Saturday afternoon and Race 2 of the doubleheader weekend on Sunday morning.  For more information, visit www.usf2000.com.