Historically, simply 33 vehicles begin the Indianapolis 500, with any additional entries having to undergo Bump Day throughout the qualifying weekend to bag a spot on the beginning grid. The final time this occurred was in 2021.
Abel will probably be on the again foot since all its rivals took half in Friday’s open take a look at on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with day two cancelled attributable to dangerous climate.
Abel is anticipated to show its first laps on the Speedway on 16 Could, when follow for the Indy 500 begins, and Enerson will probably be allowed to run his Refresher course which includes 15 laps at 210-215mph and 15 laps at 215mph plus.
Different Indy 500 one-off entries for this yr’s occasion embody 2020 polesitter Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport), 2013 winner Tony Kanaan (Arrow McLaren) and Katherine Legge (Rahal Letterman Lanigan).
Three-time winner Ed Carpenter runs the five hundred as a part of his workforce’s oval-only third program.
The Louisville, KY-founded Abel Motorsports, which has a race store lower than a mile from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has run in USF2000, USF Professional 2000 (at the moment known as Indy Professional 2000) and Indy NXT (previously Indy Lights).
That is Abel’s first foray into IndyCar, and has elected to run Enerson, who completed fourth within the 2015 Indy Lights championship, and who impressed in three IndyCar begins with Dale Coyne Racing and one with Carlin.
RC Enerson, High Gun Racing Chevrolet
Photograph by: Geoffrey M. Miller / Motorsport Images
He tried to qualify for the 2021 Indy 500 with High Gun Racing, however within the Bump Day shootout, he and AJ Foyt Racing’s Charlie Kimball misplaced out to Sage Karam of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Will Energy of Workforce Penske, and Simona De Silvestro of Paretta Autosport.
“We’ve at all times envisioned the chance to reinforce our place within the enterprise world by leveraging the distinctive intersection that racing has with our model,” stated Invoice Abel, CEO of ABEL Building Firm.
“I can’t consider a greater method of bringing that to life with our many shoppers, companions and associates than showcasing what we are able to do proper right here at sixteenth & Georgetown in Speedway. I’m simply so grateful for this chance.”
Abel Motorsports is comprised of veteran IndyCar Collection engineers and crew, that started making ready the entry for Enerson in early January.
“It’s going to be a thrill watching RC pilot the #50 Chevy across the Speedway and we consider it units a really Positive tone of what’s to return for Abel Motorsports sooner or later,” stated John Brunner, workforce supervisor.
“As has been speculated, we’re evaluating a full-time entry for the 2024 IndyCar season and our group is dedicated to constructing the inspiration wanted for sustainable long-term success in motorsports.
“An enormous because of IndyCar and Chevrolet for his or her efforts in making this occur.”
Enerson, a 26-year-old Floridian who’s chief driving teacher for the Lucas Oil Faculty of Racing, stated: “I am unable to thank Invoice and John sufficient for this chance to be again on the 500.
“Within the works for a lot of months, the Abel Motorsports crew is top-notch and loaded with expertise nicely past my years.
“I’m honoured to hold the banner for the organisation throughout the Month of Could and whereas it’s going to be just a few extra weeks till we go on-track, I anticipate we’ll be in control shortly on the Speedway. I’m simply so trying ahead to climbing behind the wheel of an IndyCar Collection machine at IMS as soon as once more. So cool!”