After starting her racing career in the South Florida karting scene, Mishael Abbott, quickly climbed the ladder in the kart racing world to become the first female to win a Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) - the world’s premiere shifter kart series - feature race.
Mishael is a graduate of the Lyn St. James Driver Development program and was the 2000 Kara Hendrick Scholarship winner. Along the way, participation in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge and USAC Midget series led her to professional open wheel racing.
During the 2001 season, Mishael tested with the Pro-One Motorsports Formula Mazda team and turned lap times at GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan that would have put her on the podium at the most recent Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) event. In October 2001 during her first race as a Formula Mazda driver, Mishael scored a top five finish at the SCCA Regional Championship event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Mishael began her first full season driving a Formula Mazda in 2002, racing in the Star Mazda Series North American Championship and SCCA Regional and National races. The Star Mazda Series tours famous tracks in Canada and the United States, and provided Mishael the platform for her first experience as a professional race car driver. Televised on the Speed Channel, Star Mazda Series was the support series for the IMSA American LeMans Series and Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series events.
Mishael tested an Indy Racing League® Indy Pro Series™ car (then called the Menards Infiniti Pro Series™) car with Schmidt and Parsons Motorsports at Las Vegas Motor Speedway prior to the 2003 racing season, becoming the first woman to test an Indy Pro Series™ car. The Indy Pro Series™ is the support series for the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series and races the same weekends and tracks. Mishael's success and excitement encouraged her to work in earnest toward a successful bid in the series.
During the 2003 and 2004 seasons, Mishael raced her Formula Mazda in the Star Mazda Series EAST Championship and in selected SCCA events at the top tracks on the east coast including; Sebring International Raceway, Road Atlanta Motor Sports Center, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Watkins Glen International, Virginia International Raceway and Road America. The 2003 racing season resulted in three podium finishes and the Star Mazda EAST Championship Series' "Most Improved Driver" while wrapping up fourth place in the EAST Championship season standings. A winning season in 2004 found Mishael participating in her first SCCA Chicago Region June Sprints® bringing home the event's "Hard Charger Award", winning her first SCCA National event at Virginia International Raceway, and attending her first SCCA National Championship Runoffs® where she qualified eleventh out of twenty-four Formula Mazda's.
Another step closer to Indy, in 2005 Mishael drove an Infiniti-powered Dallara for Hemelgarn Johnson Motorsports in the Indy Pro Series™ after passing her Indy Racing League® rookie test in January. That feat made her the first woman to compete in the Indy Pro Series™ -- qualifying fourth in the opening round at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Racing a limited schedule, she competed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on both the oval and road courses, becoming the first female to do so. She also spotted for Jaques Lazier throughout the month of May and for the 89th running of the Indy 500®.
2005 also found Mishael racing her Formula Mazda on road courses in the Star Mazda EAST Championship and at selected SCCA events, including the 50th Anniversary of the SCCA Chicago Region June Sprints®. Mishael capped off the season by winning the “Sunoco Hard Charger Award” at the SCCA Formula Mazda National Championship Runoffs®.
In 2006, Mishael continued racing in the Indy Pro Series with Michael Crawford Racing in races at Homestead-Miami, Indianapolis and Watkins Glen. She pulled “double duty” the month of May in Indianapolis racing in the Indy Pro Series Freedom 100 and again spotting for Jaques Lazier for the Indy 500®. Mishael continued piloting her Formula Mazda throughout the year in key SCCA events, posting three podium finishes in National races.
Mishael acquired an Elan DP02 for competition in the IMSA Lites 1 Championship and SCCA C Sports Racer events for the 2007 racing season. She competed in the first four races of the IMSA Lites 1 season, finishing in the top ten twice before adjusting her focus to racing in SCCA events in the C Sports Racer and Formula Mazda classes. She took her first pole qualifying position in National competition at Road America in her Formula Mazda and finished on the podium that weekend in both her Formula Mazda and C Sports Racer.
In August 2007 Mishael got the opportunity to drive a Formula Atlantic (Ralt RT-41) at Virginia International Raceway with K-Hill Motorsports. In her depute race she qualified fifth and finished third at the Oak Tree Nationals and immediately knew her next step was to be a full season of Formula Atlantic racing.
Mishael drove a K-Hill Motorsports prepared Formula Atlantic in select SCCA National races in 2008 and qualified for the National Championship Runoffs® at Heartland Park Topeka. Although a blown engine and limited financing kept her away from the Runoffs last year, Mishael will again pilot her Formula Atlantic in 2009 with sights set on the Triple Crown of SCCA competition (June Sprints, Division Championship and National Championship). This year the National Championship Runoffs® will take place at Road America, September 21-27, 2009. This season, she will race at top tracks like Road America, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Road Atlanta and Virginia International Raceway.
Mishael continues to keep her sights set on the ultimate goal of being the first female to WIN the Indianapolis 500.
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