Thursday, April 20, 2023

INDY 500: Can Abel Motorsports Bump It’s way into this Year’s race?

But just who is Abel Motorsports?


News broke during Friday’s first day of activity at Long Beach that there would indeed be a 34th and Final Indianapolis 500 entry for this year’s 107th running of the fabled 500 mile race. With Indy NXT entrant Abel Motorsports in conjunction with Neil and R.C. Enderson.


As you may recall, the Enerson’s, Father and Son happen to own a Dallara DW12 Chassis and extra “tub,” previously used for R.C’s unsuccessful 2021 Indianapolis 500 entry with Top gun Racing.


Whilst Chevrolet will now provide a total of 17 engine leases this year, one more than previously announced. Equaling Honda’s 17 entries, to give us a total of 34 entries on this year’s Indy 500 Grid.


As Thar are 12 Full season bowtie’ runners, with five “One-off” Indy 500 entries, the latter comprising of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s two entries, plus extra single car entries for Arrow McLaren and Ed Carpenter Racing.


Whilst the fifth and final Chevy lump’ was reportedly being “Chased” by Beth Paretta for an entry in conjunction with A.J. foyt enterprises. But apparently Paretta Autosport’s will now focus upon running “Symona-symona,” aka Simona de Silvestro in a few selected races later this year. Hence leaving a single Chevy lump’ available for Mother Speedway…


R.C. Enerson, who’s 26yrs Old and has previously made five IndyCar starts in His career. Will be the driver of Abel Motorsports No. 50 single car entry.


Abel Motorsports is a Family operated racing team run by Bill Abel, presumably the owner of Abel Construction, which reportedly began business Wayback’ in 1938.


The Team’s primary driver has been Jacob Abel, who at 22yrs Old has just begun His second season of Indy NXT competition. Having just scored His NXT career best results. Being a bittersweet third place, His first Podium after leading the first 27-laps at St Pete. Remember that Y’all?


The Team is led by John Brunner, a longtime Indy Lights veteran who guided Gabby Chaves to the 2014 Indy Lights Championship with Belardi Auto Racing as it’s Team Manager. Along with winning the prestigious Freedom 100 twice, also with Belardi.


The Team built a new Facility in Speedway, Indiana, just across the street from Juncos Hollinger Racing in 2022, where it currently runs a two car Indy NXT effort from. With Jacob as the team leader, and Indy NXT Rookie Colin Kaninsky alongside this season.


Abel Motorsports has steadily worked it’s way up the FeederSeries and Road to Indy ranks. Campaigning Jacob in the U.S. Formula four, Formula Regional Americas, U.S. F2000 National Championship and Indy Pro 2000 racing series before moving up to Indy Lights in 2022.


Reportedly, if everything comes  together in the relatively short timespan, we should be seeing Abel Motorsports and R.C. Enerson taking part in the two day IMS Open Test currently occurring.


As could Abel Motorsports become the next brand new Fulltime IndyCar team of the future? For which could ultimately lead to Jacob Abel becoming an IndyCar driver, which surely is the goal…


As I have to say I’m naturally rooting for this Upstart Organization to make the field ths May. Meaning somebody else will be going Home Disappointed!