FIRST-YEAR INDY PRO 2000 TEAM READY FOR FIRST OVAL TEST
-Abel Squad Bringing Defending Race Winner Thompson, Rising Ace Abel To Lucas Oil Raceway-
(Louisville, KY) May 21, 2019 (For Immediate Release):
Racing teams planning to earn championships thrive on new challenges. For Indy Pro 2000 team Abel Motorsports of Louisville, KY, tackling Friday night’s 90-lap Road to Indy event at Lucas Oil Raceway just west of Indianapolis presents a test and an opportunity: it’s the team’s first oval track race in their maiden Indy Pro 2000 campaign, and it’s a chance to rebound from a solid if somewhat disappointing doubleheader on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier in the month of May.
“Parker Thompson is the defending race winner at Lucas Oil Raceway,” noted team principal Bill Abel. “We’ve made some significant changes for Parker’s 8 car to get ready for this event. We’re looking to put Parker in a position to win there again, and bounce back from his pair of 5th place finishes at IMS. We think he can win this Championship this season and we think the changes will be positive for his effort.”
As for Jacob Abel, this race will represent a major step ahead in his career: not only will it be his first oval-track start, it’s his first run since graduating from high school this past weekend. “I’m excited and grateful to be going racing this weekend after such a huge life event,” commented the 18-year-old. “Our test at Lucas Oil Raceway went well. I was top-five in every session, and I think we could earn a front row starting spot Friday. From what everyone’s telling me it’ll be a busy night. 90 laps at 20 seconds a lap will be a real learning experience for me. We’ve got a good race plan and I think it’ll go well!”
As for Thompson, the young Canadian star is exuding confidence. “I’m the defending winner there, and I’ve had a good bit of success there. With the strength of Abel Motorsports behind me, we’re going after another win at Lucas Oil Raceway. After IMS we’re going to have to play some catchup to be where we want to be, but we’re going in the right direction and we have a good car for Friday night’s race. We have the ability to win!”
Abel Motorsports’ two-car Indy Pro 2000 team will qualify for the event Thursday night May 23, with final practice Friday afternoon. The Cooper Tires Freedom 90 event goes green at 7:50 pm Friday night May 24, at Lucas Oil Raceway. Going into the event, Parker Thompson is second in the Championship, while Jacob Abel is eighth.
ABOUT ABEL MOTORSPORTS:
Abel Motorsports is a top-tier open wheel development team based in Louisville, KY, with driving opportunities available in several major open wheel series in 2019. For more information, visit us at
www.abelmotorsports.com, or contact:
Bill Abel, Team Principal Rick Benjamin