INDIANAPOLIS — Abel Motorsports, which won the F3 Americas title this season, will enter the Road to Indy program in 2019, fielding Pro Mazda machines for driver Jacob Abel.
Abel Motorsports acquired the Pro Mazda equipment of Cape Motorsports and has already completed a pair of tests with Abel and USF2000 champion Kyle Kirkwood at the wheel.
“This represents a major step forward in our development as a top-line racing organization,” said team principal Bill Abel. “We intend to make more progress in 2019, our third season as a professional open wheel team. We’re coming off a sensational second year, with Kyle Kirkwood dominating F3Americas and us winning the team championship there. Now, we’re ready to tackle the Road to Indy ladder in Pro Mazda.
“It’s a tough series with lots of strong teams and talented young drivers, but we’ve built the infrastructure on and off the track to allow us to succeed at that level and beyond.”
Jacob Abel, 17, is looking forward to his Pro Mazda debut.
“I raced several times the past few seasons in USF2000, so I know how tough the Road to Indy series are,” he said. “After the success we had this past year in F3 Americas, with my podium finishes in that car, I think we can be fast from the start. It should be an awesome experience to race with IndyCar all year long.”
Abel Motorsports will field a pair of Pro Mazda entries, but has yet to decide on a second driver.
Bill Abel said his team, which started as a vintage racing operation and has grown into a championship-winning open-wheel operation, will continue to grow.
“We are going to continue to develop our team and move up through the Road to Indy as well as other series out there,” said Abel, who sponsors the Louisville, Ky., based racing effort with his family-owned Abel Construction Co. “We like what we see there as far as the cars and the competition.”