Dominant F3Americas Team Notches 2 Wins, 3 Podiums, in NOLA Tripleheader

Kirkwood Claims THIRD Major Development Series Crown in 12 Months, Abel Motorsports Closes In On Inaugural Team Championship

One down, one 2018 objective to go for top-tier open-wheel race team Abel Motorsports of Louisville, Kentucky.    The team’s lead driver, 19-year-old Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, FL, won two of the three F3Americas Championship races this past weekend at NOLA Motorsports Park just outside New Orleans, Louisiana.   By taking those two victories Kirkwood claimed his third major development-series championship in 12 months, an unprecedented accomplishment in North American motorsports history.   

“It’s very cool”, commented Kirkwood.  “I’m proud to have won the first F3Americas title, to go with my F4US Championship in 2017 and USF2000 Road to Indy Championship earlier this year.   Abel Motorsports is an amazing team, they again gave me a great race car, and I’m so thankful to be able to race with such a great group.”  The two F3Americas wins over the weekend in the three events ran Kirkwood’s tally to 13 F3 victories in 15 tries in the first-year series, all wheeling Abel Motorsports machinery.

Now, Abel Motorsports has one more task ahead: claiming the inaugural F3Americas Team Championship.  The series has one more race weekend remaining this season.    

Team Principal Bill Abel noted, “I’m so proud of our guys.  Everyone worked very hard to get us to this point, and Kyle Kirkwood is amazing.   He and Jacob (Abel) both did a great job in our cars.   We’re almost there!”

The team’s second driver, rookie Jacob Abel of Louisville, KY, also had a strong weekend.  Abel gained speed and momentum across the three races finishing the finale Sunday afternoon with a strong podium result of third.   “I was pushing hard all weekend,” the teenager noted.   “In Race 1 I had a good start, good pace.. since I’m not in the points battle I had nothing to lose.  I pushed a little too hard at the end and got into a gravel trap.   Similar thing in Race 2.  I’m still learning the car, the much higher horsepower, the weight and downforce, all those things.  In Race 3 things started to come together.  I put my head down, clicked off some good laps, and got a great result.  It’s good to have a race like that.”

Abel Motorsports will be looking to wrap up the first F3Americas Championship season in style this coming weekend at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX

ABEL MOTORSPORTS EARNS THREE MORE F3AMERICAS VICTORIES AT ROAD ATLANTA

Kirkwood Sweeps His 3rd F3Americas Race Weekend in Georgia

The combination of Abel Motorsports and 19-year-old Kyle Kirkwood is fast becoming one for the motorsports record books.   Kirkwood, wheeling his #8 Abel Motorsports Ligier/Honda F3Americas machine, won all three F3 events at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA over the weekend.  It was Kirkwood’s third weekend sweep in four F3Americas weekends, and his ninth, 10th, and 11th F3 victories in 12 races over the brief history of the series.    Kirkwood has already won two major open wheel development series titles in the past year and is the heavy favorite to wrap up the inaugural F3Americas powered by Honda championship.

“It was a really good weekend for us.  Kyle extended his points lead in the Championship, and we added to our lead in the Team Championship standings.  Jacob Abel in our second car, the #51 Abel Construction Ligier/Honda, had a good weekend too.    Kyle just continues to perform at a higher level than anyone else.  He does what is needed to dominate.  It’s amazing” noted team principal Bill Abel.  

Jacob Abel impressed as well, in his second weekend of F3Americas action at Road Atlanta.   Against a much-improved, stiffer level of competition, Abel notched a fifth and two fourth place finishes, to move to fifth in the Driver’s Championship standings, just five points out of fourth.  “I’m still pretty new to the car and the series, but it was a good weekend.   We had a couple of good results.   Fourth isn’t bad against this level of competition.  We’re ready to fight and get back on the podium in a few weeks at NOLA.   We had two new entries at Road Atlanta who were super quick, making it harder.   I am working on learning how to better manage my tires.   It’s key, really one of the secrets to the whole thing.   

Team Engineer Ian Brown noted, “Kyle was a bit under the weather at Road Atlanta, so we didn’t push him.  It was a conservative weekend for him.   We kept him out of the car in the final test session before we went racing, to conserve his energy.   The competition is catching up now that we’ve all had these cars for a couple of months.  Instead of us being 1-2 seconds quicker, now it’s a half a second.   We’ll continue to work hard.”

 

Abel Motorsports has a few weeks to prepare its pair of F3 Ligier/Hondas for the final two weekends of the 2018 season, at NOLA Motorsports Park in Louisiana in mid-October, followed immediately by the F3Americas Championship’s first appearance in support of Formula 1 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX, the third weekend of October.The team’s goal is simple: earn both the Driver’s and Team Championships in the inaugural season of F3Americas, before turning their attention to preparations for what will be an extremely full 2019 campaign in multiple major open-wheel development series.

DOMINANT F3 AMERICAS TEAM LOOKS TO EXTEND CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD AT ROAD ATLANTA

Abel Brings Two-car Squad to Georgia Road Course; Bids For Six More Podium Finishes

Championship-leading F3Americas team Abel Motorsports of Louisville, KY, is looking to add to their win total this weekend at Road Atlanta, one of the country’s iconic motorsports venues.   The Road Atlanta event marks the fourth competition weekend for the new F3Americas Championship powered by Honda.   Thus far, Abel Motorsports has dominated the F3Americas season, winning 8 of the first 9 Series races.   

The Road Atlanta event marks the second of two back-to-back F3Americas weekends. Last week at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Abel Motorsports added a second F3Americas entry for young F4 US Championship powered by Honda graduate Jacob Abel.   With only one day of testing in the new, heavier, much more powerful F3Americas Ligier/Honda, Jacob got up to speed quickly and scored three straight podium finishes.   The team expects more success at the Braselton, GA road course this week, a track Abel Motorsports is familiar with.

“It is a short week for us, a quick turnaround” commented team principal Bill Abel, “but it’s our second visit there (to Road Atlanta) this year.  Jacob had one of his better F4 weekends there back in the spring so we’re looking to carry forward that same momentum.   We know the competition will be tougher; there’ll be a few new entries in the paddock, but we have our eyes on another sweep!”

Abel Motorsports and driver Kyle Kirkwood, the reigning F4 US Championship title holder, won the year’s first 8 races in the new F3Americas Championship powered by Honda.   He’d won 19 straight across two series in 2018.   Kirkwood’s win streak was stopped by a rare error in the New Jersey finale last Sunday, but he and the Abel team have built solid points leads thus far and plan to start a new streak this weekend.   “There’s always ways to make things better, for me, our car, and the team” noted Kirkwood.  “No matter how far we’re ahead we’ll never relax.

 Jacob Abel will strap in to his #51 Abel Motorsports Ligier/Honda at Road Atlanta for just his second F3Americas race weekend.    In May, competing then in the F4 US Championship powered by Honda, young Abel had three top-12 finishes topped by an 8thplace run in the Sunday finale. 

Those runs came against fields of well over 30 cars in each race.    Now, with one weekend of F3Americas competition under his belt and the advantage of working with the Series’ top team, Jacob plans on extending his streak of F3 podium finishes to six.   “We’ve had some quality races at Road Atlanta.  We’re optimistic about our chances.  These cars are tough to drive and I have a lot to learn, but our team is rock-solid and I expect great results with both our cars this coming weekend.”

While Kyle Kirkwood leads the F3Americas championship by a wide margin at the halfway point of this inaugural season, Abel Motorsports has also been dominant.  The team has made a total of 12 F3Americas starts thus far in 2018, and has the eight wins by Kirkwood and 12 top-three finishes overall, giving them the points lead in the F3Americas team competition.   They’re the heavy favorites to add to their win total as the Series heads to Georgia.

DOMINANT F3AMERICAS TEAM EXPANDS, SEEKS 7TH STRAIGHT WIN

AM Squad Heads to NJMP With Singular Goal: Keep Winning

Leading open-wheel racing team Abel Motorsports, based in Louisville, KY, is preparing to haul Northeast this week, intent on continuing one of the most dominant seasons in recent racing history.   The team, led by principal Bill Abel,

Is six-for-six in the first two race weekends for the new F3Americas Championship powered by Honda, and has a great chance to make it nine straight victories to open the season.

“We are expanding to a two-car team in F3”, Abel commented, “and we’re looking to continue our success.   Jacob Abel will drive our second F3 car at New Jersey alongside Kyle Kirkwood, and we feel our driver lineup gives us a great chance to add to our winning streak.”    

Abel Motorsports burst onto the US motorsports scene in 2017, mounting a strong effort in the F4 US Championship powered by Honda.   For 2018, Abel has fielded a two-car F4 squad, while adding now two F3Americas Onroak/Honda machines, along with open wheel race cars in other series.

Abel Motorsports signed Kirkwood to pilot their first F3Americas entry right before the first race weekend for the new series at Pitt Race in August.

Kirkwood, the reigning F4 US Champion, had just clinched another prestigious open wheel series title before strapping in to the Abel Motorsports F3 car.

The pairing found immediate success, sweeping the three F3Americas rounds at the Pittsburgh-area track and at Mid Ohio soon after.    

Kirkwood has continued winning since then, and comes to the New Jersey Motorsports Park tripleheader riding an incredible 17-race winning streak across two series.

Now, the team will add its second F3Americas entry for Jacob Abel, a veteran of the F4 US Championship and other open wheel development series as well.

“I can’t wait to go racing in our new F3 car”, noted Jacob Abel.  “We just got the car, and tested it last week at Putnam Park in Indiana.  The test went very well.

It’s a great race car, with lots more power, weight, and downforce compared to what I’m used to.  I’ve been working with our driver coach, Shelby Blackstock, to get ready for this next step in my career.   I’ve been spending lots of sim time learning what I can about New Jersey.   It’s always great to go to new tracks and learn how to be fast at those places.   I can’t wait to get to New Jersey and see how we stack up.”

The F3Americas Championship powered by Honda will stage three 35-minute races at New Jersey Motorsports Park on September 15-16, rounds 7, 8, and 9 on the year.

 

ABEL DOMINATES SECOND-STRAIGHT F3 AMERICAS WEEKEND

Six straight wins for Abel team; driver Kirkwood adds to personal win streak

Top-tier open-wheel racing team Abel Motorsports added to its burgeoning reputation over the weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, romping to its second consecutive sweep of the new Amethyst Beverage F3 Americas Championship, powered by Honda.   Driver Kyle Kirkwood wheeled the Abel Motorsports #8 Ligier/Honda to three consecutive victories, winning the three F3 Americas rounds by a total of nearly 56 seconds.

In doing so, Kirkwood, the reigning F4 US Championship title holder as well as the 2018 champ of another key development series, added to his commanding lead in the inaugural season of the Amethyst Beverage F3 Americas Championship.

Team Principal Bill Abel noted, “This weekend was a huge step forward for our team.  We are showing that we can respond to a variety of new challenges, while continuing to perform at a championship level.  We couldn’t be more pleased to add to our F3 Americas points lead.   Kyle did an amazing job for us.”

For his part, Kirkwood, the 19-year-old from Jupiter, FL, continues to add to his outstanding 2018 record.  The three Mid-Ohio wins make an amazing 15 straight victories this season for Kirkwood, and 17 wins in 19 total starts over two series.   It’s an unofficial American open-wheel record performance.

“I doubt it could’ve gone much better”, commented Abel Motorsports race engineer Ian Brown.  “Kyle has such a unique combination of skills.   He operates at a level that I’ve only seen from guys fighting for top-level professional championships.   I’m looking forward to the events ahead that we’re running together.  He’s one of a kind.”

The Abel Motorsports team has big plans for the stretch drive of the F3Americas inaugural season.   A second team car is likely, in time for the third F3 weekend coming up at New Jersey Motorsports Park in mid-September.   That event  will see the Amethyst Beverage-supported series running alongside the hugely-successful F4 US Championship powered by Honda.

“That will be a real opportunity for our team”, commented Team Principal Bill Abel.  “We are competing in three top-level open-wheel series this season, and this will be our second time running in two series at the time at the same track. It’s a big order, but we expect big things from our guys.  We’ll be ready for the challenge.”

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.