They’ve been there since the start of FR Americas, in 2018. They’ve been to Victory Lane several times since then. Now Abel Motorsports of Louisville, KY, will bring their primary car and veteran driver Jacob Abel to challenging back-to-back race weekends at Sebring and Homestead looking for more success.
Abel, 19, who just embarked on his sophomore year at Butler University in Indianapolis, was lightning fast throughout last year’s race weekend at Sebring International Raceway. The ancient airport course is renowned as one of the country’s toughest. “We were really fast there last year,” noted Abel. “We were quickest in the opening session, had two poles and an outside pole in the three races, and ended up with a second and a third. We felt like we could’ve won all three times, but just didn’t have luck. We put in a great test day at Putnam Park last week, and we feel we’ve developed our race car even more. We have a car capable of going to Florida and winning races. We feel like we finally have some momentum.”
That momentum comes after a late decision by Abel Motorsports to run a pair of Indy Pro 2000 events at their home track, Mid Ohio, last weekend. In Race 1, Jacob Abel overcame plenty of adversity to drive from 12th to 7th, before coming back Sunday to power from 13th to 3rd at the checkers. It was Abel’s first Road to Indy podium.
Team Principal Bill Abel knows his squad has plenty of reason to be excited as they head back to Florida. “Our team loves Sebring. It’s definitely one of our favorite tracks. Since Jacob was so quick there last year, we feel we’re in position to earn some strong results. And coming off the Mid Ohio weekend where we really exceeded expectations, we think we’ve turned the corner and can really show our strength now. Racing back to back weekends in Florida won’t be easy but our guys are ready for the challenge!”
Jacob’s Abel Motorsports teammate Blake Upton is taking a brief break from active competition this month due to outside business considerations. The team is anticipating Upton’s potential return to action at the season finale set for Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX in October.
Jacob Abel and his Abel Motorsports FR Americas machine will practice twice on Friday, September 25, and will qualify for Race 1 of the weekend at 11am ET on Saturday, September 26. Race 1 will go green at 3pm ET on Saturday, with Races 2 and 3 set for Sunday, September 27. Live timing and scoring is available at www.race-monitor.com, and a live video stream is available at www.fanracing.live