Mishael Abbott Tests Infiniti Pro
Las Vegas, NV (November 13, 2002) -
Star Mazda Series professional auto racer Mishael Abbott accomplished a
major goal this week when she tested with Schmidt and Parsons
Motorsports for a spot in the 2003 Infiniti Pro Series which races in
conjunction with the Indy Racing League at events in Indianapolis and
other major tracks across North America. Running in Las Vegas, Nevada at
the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Mishael, a resident of Coral Springs, FL,
posted the second fastest lap time of the day, 31.41 seconds at a speed
of 172.078 MPH, on Wednesday November 13, 2002.
Mishael, ready to test with Schmidt and Parsons Motorsports for a spot in the 2003 Infiniti Pro Series.
On the track.
Sam Schmidt, an Indy Racing League team owner, was enthusiastic about
the results of Mishael’s test. Schmidt, a former IRL winner,
manages the team with Ray Parsons handling the Infiniti Pro Series
very impressed with her maturity level. She was conservative and
disciplined in her approach to getting up to speed and learning the gear
box. What made her performance even more impressive was that she
had never raced in an Infiniti Pro car before, she had no experience
with this type of gearbox, and yet her racing times were as good as, if
not better than the other drivers who have been racing this type of car
for quite some time,” said Schmidt. “I was really pleased with the
way the test went, and I’m excited about working on her marketing
efforts with her over the next few months. She listened extremely
well and did exactly what she was told, which made it easier for her,
and for me, as I enjoy working with people who listen.”
Abbott, a 21-year old college student, has been racing since the age of
fourteen. This year, her first as a professional driver, has been
a rewarding one for Mishael. She racked up three Formula Mazda
wins and qualified for the South Atlantic Road Racing Championship (SARRC)
runoff held at Road Atlanta in September. She also qualified in the top
10 in two of the three Star Mazda events in which she participated in
this season. Testing with Schmidt’s team in the Infiniti Pro has served
to cap off a successful 2002 racing season.
was excited about the experience with Schmidt and is looking forward to
participating in the first full season of the Infiniti Pro Series in
thrilled to have the opportunity to test for the Infiniti Pro Series
with Sam Schmidt Motorsports,” Mishael stated. “Sam is one of the
premier names in the Indy Racing League, and it has always been my dream
to compete at this level along side someone of his caliber. The
test went extremely well, and I was able to adjust quickly to driving
the Infiniti car and achieve speeds comparable with more experienced
oval competitors. The dream of competing in and winning the Indianapolis
500 is one giant step closer.”
South Florida Star Mazda Series Driver
Mishael Abbott Participates in the
Star Mazda Series North American Championship at Road Atlanta
Braselton, GA—(October 14, 2002)—Professional racecar driver
and Coral Springs resident Mishael Abbott overcame major car
difficulties that began late Tuesday night and lasted through Thursday
afternoon to participate in the Star Mazda Series North American
Championship on Friday. The
race was immediately marred in lap one, when Mishael’s right rear tire
was gashed after a competitor’s front wing slammed into her racecar.
She managed to pull out of the way of other cars and into a wall opening
during the second lap.
Though she faced car troubles
almost immediately into her trip to Road Atlanta, Mishael managed to
qualify seventh out of 37 during Thursday’s qualifying
(click here for qualifying results). This occurred merely minutes
after her car was finally fixed, as it has spent over two days out of
commission. She also boasted two finishes
during practice sessions in the top fifteen for lap times on Tuesday.
“This race proved to be much
more difficult than I had expected,” Mishael stated after the race. “We had so many problems with my
car, and it was a fight to get a chance to race on Friday. I’m glad that
we worked through the problems, and that I got a chance to race.”
The Star Mazda Series North
American Championship will air on the Speed Channel November 16 at 8:30
p.m. Mishael Abbott’s next time on
the racetrack will be a test day at Moroso Motorsports Park on November
12th. Race updates and other
information about Mishael can be found by visiting her web site,
www.mishaelabbott.com. Her sponsors include CDC
Builders, the BYBLOS Group, Sky and Beyond, and Skyline Management
Mishael Abbott Places Second and
Third Against Formula Mazdas in the SCAA Regional at Homestead
racecar driver and Coral Springs resident Mishael Abbott placed second
and third against Formula Mazdas this weekend in the Sports Car Club of
America (SCAA) Regional at Homestead Motorsports Park.
Mishael, preparing for a
professional Star Mazda competition next month in Atlanta, placed second
during Saturday’s five-lap race despite gearbox problems that hindered
her driving ability. Transmission troubles continued during the two races on
Sunday, preventing Mishael from shifting between first and second gear
throughout both races. She
finished third against Formula Mazdas in each race, and secured the
fastest lap time of the weekend.
“This weekend was a struggle
for me since my transmission was not working correctly,” Mishael stated. “I was able to adapt my driving
to the car, however, and managed to race for a third place finish on
Mishael’s next race is the
South Atlantic Road Racing Championship (SARRC) in Savannah, Georgia on
October 4-6. Her sponsors include
CDC Builders, the BYBLOS Group, Sky and Beyond, and Skyline Management
Mishael Abbott Places
First and Third Against Formula Mazdas in the South Atlantic Road Racing
Championship at Road Atlanta
September 4, 2002
racecar driver and Coral Springs resident Mishael Abbott placed first
against other Formula Mazdas and fourth overall on Sunday in the South
Atlantic Road Racing Championship (SARRC) event at Road Atlanta.
The victory came after a three-lap full course caution and re-start
allowed Mishael to pass the then first place Formula Mazda and win the
race in her class. Mishael
was the only female to participate in the event.
Mishael, racing a Formula
Mazda she assisted in rebuilding with Spyder Racing, faced difficulties
early on. Racing on her fifth lap during Friday’s practice session, the
left front wheel of the car fell off, causing her to miss the remainder
of her first session and the entire second practice run. She managed to qualify third in her class and ninth over all
during Saturday’s test sessions.
Car trouble continued into
Monday’s race, when half of the engine cover fell off during Mishael’s
fourth lap, causing her to lose two positions on the track.
The remainder of the cover was dislodged during a spin out later in the
race. Despite these setbacks, she
finished third in her class and twelfth overall on Monday.
Mishael’s success has qualified her for the SARRC runoff this October in
Savannah, GA, a main reason for Mishael’s participation in the weekend’s
“Placing first and third in
my class this weekend was not something I expected,” Mishael stated
after the race. “I am genuinely overwhelmed, and I owe a lot to the guys at
Spyder racing for all of their help rebuilding my car so quickly. Without them I wouldn’t have
made it to Atlanta, let alone have won here.”
The SARRC competition
featured 44 cars, including Formula Atlantics and Formula Continentals,
and eight Formula Mazdas, and was the final series race of the season.
Mishael Abbott’s next race will take place September 14 and 15 at the
Homestead Motorsports Park SCCA Regional as she continues to prepare for
the Star Mazda Series race on October 11 and 12.
Mishael’s sponsors include CDC Builders, the BYBLOS Group, Sky and
Beyond, and Skyline Management Group.
Click above to view pictures
Finishes Third at Road Atlanta
July 29, 2002
Arriving at Road Atlanta for the first
time this past weekend, Mishael Abbott was looking forward to the South
Atlantic Road Racing Championship (SARRC) regional event of the Sports
Car Club of America (SCCA).
It was a typical hot and
humid Atlanta weekend that began with open practice on Friday allowing
Mishael to get familiar with the new track, a 12-turn, 2.54-mile road
coarse, just northeast of Atlanta, Georgia.
Mishael had a good showing on
Saturday, qualifying fifth on the grid in her Formula Mazda.
Mishael’s race field of 29 cars included the typically faster, greater
horsepower, Formula Atlantics and Formula Continentals as well as many
In Sunday’s race, Mishael
showed her great driving skills and netted another trophy for her shelf;
bringing home third place in her Formula Mazda class and also third
place overall. A highlight of the race for Mishael was when she posted the
second fastest lap of the race, with a time of 1:32.3 (99.72 mph).
Mishael was very excited and
pleased with her first performance at Road Atlanta in the South Atlantic
Road Racing Championship event. She wants to thank all those who helped
her during the weekend, especially
allowed her to use their Formula Mazda while her recently obtained
Formula Mazda is brought up to race condition.
“This weekend at Road Atlanta
was great. It would not have been possible
with out Cybernation Motorsports generosity of letting my use their car. Spyder Racing’s Rusty Carter
gave me a fast race car right from the start of the weekend and together
we worked together to get faster.
I am looking forward to coming back to Road Atlanta; the track has made
it onto my favorite track list!!”
Mishael’s next race is
scheduled back at the Road Atlanta track for an SCCA Double Regional
SARRC event, August 31 through September 2, 2002.
Mishael will be devoting most of this next month actively pursuing
sponsorship for the balance of this year as well as and for 2003 to
assure her ability to compete in the Infiniti Pro Series, the newly
formed feeder series for the Indy Racing League.
Be sure to check out Mishael’s website www.mishaelabbott.com
for continuing updates.
Mishael Abbott Takes
her First Shot on an Oval at Pikes Peak International Raceway
June 17, 2002
The third round of the Star
Mazda Series North American Championship brought Mishael Abbott to her
first oval race in a Formula Mazda. The Star Mazda Series joined
the Indy Racing League at Pikes Peak International Raceway on June
15-16, 2002 as a support race for the Radisson Indy 225. PPIR is a
D-shaped one-mile, moderately banked oval with four distinctly different
corners. Mishael spent Friday testing the JZ Racing Star Mazda
set-up and familiarizing herself with the uniqueness of the oval tack.
Friday afternoon practice was interrupted by severe rain showers which
left a green track for all three practice sessions. At the
conclusion of Friday’s practice, Mishael was ranked 22 of 28
competitors, she was a mere 0.8 of a second behind the leader’s time.
Getting accustomed to the
oval track with limited banking, Mishael steadily decreased her lap
times while avoiding too close a look at the concrete walls ringing the
track. By Saturday afternoon qualifying, she was getting much more
comfortable in the car and posted a qualifying lap of 28.726 seconds
(125.322 mph), 0.6 of a second faster than her previous best practice
lap, resulting in a seventh place grid position.
Rain showers plagued the
entire race day at PPIR, with the IRL race being red flagged for a hail
storm. The Star Mazda event was green flagged during a steady
drizzle. By lap three Mishael had moved to the fifth position.
Unfortunately while attempting to further improve her position in turn
one, she spun with 22 fellow competitors pursuing. Driving skill
on both Mishael’s part and the remaining drivers resulted in all cars
continuing without damage. Mishael however lost one lap while
restarting her stalled race car.
The balance of the race was
spent attempting to regain the lost lap; a lengthy yellow due to the
ongoing rain prevented her from recovering the lost lap. She
posted the sixth quickest race lap and passed all but a few of the cars
which overtook her during the spin. Mishael’s finishing position
was 19th however her on-track position was ninth behind the
winner, still a lap down.
“This was the best racing
experience of my career to date” commented Mishael “qualifying in the
top ten was my first goal which I achieved on Saturday. I regret
the spin and feel as though a top five finish was well within my grasp.
Spyder Racing’s Rusty Carter, served as my engineer this weekend, and
his car setup gave me an incredible race car with which to compete.
I can’t wait to get back onto an oval track.”
Mishael will miss the next
two rounds of the Star Mazda North American Championship to actively
pursue sponsorship for the balance of this year and for 2003 to assure
her ability to compete in the Infiniti Pro Series, the newly formed
feeder series for the Indy Racing League. In the mean time
Mishael’s next race is scheduled to be an SCCA Double National event at
Roebling Road Raceway in Bloomingdale, GA, July 4-7, 2002. Be sure
to check out Mishael’s website
www.mishaelabbott.com for continuing updates.
Mishael Wins Her First Formula Mazda Race at Moroso
a rainy Sunday, Mishael had an outstanding racing outing this weekend
at Moroso Motorsports Park. On Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19,
2002 Mishael took her first and second checkered flags racing a
Formula Mazda. The wins came at an SCCA Double Regional Race
Weekend on the Moroso track near beautiful Palm Beach Gardens,
Florida. Mishael was racing in a field of ten cars winning the
race in a nail-biter as she swapped leads on the final lap.
Mishael almost won the pole position for Saturday's race, missing by
only 3/10ths of a second. She was thrilled about these wins but was
also looking forward to the Sunday Feature Race.
Sunday was a day typically not associated with racing, as the track
was wet and dirty from earlier races. Despite the condition of
the track, the drivers went out on slicks for the 25-minute feature
race, instead of rain tires. Mishael's race was a mixed class
race and her only real competition for being first across the finish
line was a Formula Atlantic. The Formula Atlantic has about 100
more horsepower than her Formula Mazda. Mishael describes the
race this way, "I have to say that Sundays race was the most fun I
have ever had in a car race. I was having to follow the Atlantic
down the back straight and I could not see anything - but it was just
great fun. I would pass him in braking around the corners and
just do my best to hold him off down the long straight. I have to
thank Rusty Carter and Spyder Racing for their help this weekend. I
could not have won on both Saturday and Sunday with out their help!!
I cannot wait for the next race at Sebring the first weekend of June.
I'll be coming out to win another double weekend!"
Mishael also won a five lap qualifying race Sunday morning. In
Sunday's feature Mishael led the race for ten laps, holding off the
faster Atlantic until she spun going into turn 2. She was able
to catch him but couldn't pass as the two cars finished nose to
gearbox across the finish line. She finished the race first in
her class for her third win in two days!
Mishael will spend the next week in Indianapolis for the Indy 500.
When she returns to Florida she will be heading to Sebring June 1st
and 2nd for a SCCA Regional Race. Be sure to keep your eyes on
Mishael's web site www.mishaelabbott.com for
continuing updates on her exciting racing adventures.
Test Race Weekends
The past couple of weeks have been busy ones
for Mishael Abbott as she spent the last two weekends flying from one
end of the country to the other to test at two of the more famous tracks
in the United States, Mazda Raceway
at Laguna Seca, near Monterey, CA and the Daytona
International Speedway, in Daytona, FL.
This was Mishael’s first experience on either
track. She was able to combine time with testing and familiarizing
herself with the tracks while getting valuable experience during the
SCCA events sponsored over the weekends. She viewed these
opportunities as preparation for future events such as the Rolex 24
hours at Daytona
and the eighth round of the Star Mazda Series at Laguna Seca later this
Mishael plans to take the next week off for
Mother’s Day but will return to the track to prepare for the SCCA
Regional race at Moroso
Motorsports Park on May 18-19, 2002.
Other News: The Mishael Abbott web-site
is now listed in major search engines such as Google and Yahoo where she
can now reach international attention.
Abbott on the Speed Channel April 6, 2002 at 7:30 PM ET
This is a follow up to our last press
release in which we announced Mishael’s debut in the first round of the
Star Mazda North American Championship
Racing on March 15, at the famed Sebring International Raceway Mishael
had one of two in-car cameras provided by Speed Channel for this race.
The event was a prelude to the 12 Hours at Sebring later that weekend.
The race can be seen on
Speed Channel with the initial airing on Saturday, April, 6th
at 7:30 PM Eastern Standard Time and additional showings at 12:30 AM
April 7th and 3:00 AM on Monday, April
Mishael was very excited about this race and the
fact that Star Mazda and Speed Channel approached her to place an in-car
camera on her Formula Mazda. ‘It was a real thrill just to be in
the race much less have the camera in my car’, said Mishael. ‘Once
the race started I didn’t think about it but concentrated on the
driving. I see this race as a great start for me. Despite
some problems with the car set-up, I stayed on the track and was also
able to move up six places from where I started. All in all, a
Mishael is looking forward to future Star Mazda
races in 2002. ‘I am concentrating this year on racing and
gathering sponsors to help me make the next step as I set my sites on
racing Indy cars.’
Test Day at Moroso Motorsports Park
Abbott returned to
Moroso Motorsports Park for a single day of
testing on Friday, March 22, 2002 in her Formula Mazda. The focus
of the SCCA test-day was car set-up and testing of a rebuilt
transmission. Mishael improved her lap times each session out on
the track. Her times were equal to that set at the SCCA Winter
Nationals in January before the day was cut short when an out of control
car forced her to clip a wall. Mishael was still enthusiastic as
they came home with a better understanding of car set-up, while working
with Rusty Carter, a Formula Mazda team mechanic and ex-fellow SKUSA
Mishael Abbott races in Star Mazda support race for the 12 Hours of
Competing for the first time at the famed
Sebring 12-hour, 3.7 mile circuit on Friday, March 15, 2002, Mishael
Abbott made a very respectable showing in the first round of the
Star Mazda Series North American Championship.
She raced in a car from
Pro-One Motorsports and was assisted by
Pro-One mechanic Edva Arkusauskas, This race was run as a support
race prior to the
Anniversary of the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Preparing for Fridays event began earlier in
the week with several practice sessions. On Tuesday, Mishael ran
into difficulty with a seat that was sized improperly for her. In
the truest sense of sportsmanship, the R Sports Team, a competitor at
the races, stepped up and poured a new foam seat for Mishael to use in
later practices. With the new seat and growing experience with the car
and track, Mishael increased her lap times with each practice run,
posting a respectable time of 2:16.486 (97.592 mph).
Friday morning found the racers on a very
slick track for early qualification laps. In her runs that morning
Mishael faced some trouble, spinning out in turn one but recovering and
causing no damage to the car. After a pit stop to make some tire
adjustments, she went on to qualify 38th out of a field of
43. Prior to the start of the race, three drivers were moved to
the back of the field for having non-compliant parts found in the
post-qualifying impound allowing Mishael to start in the 35th
spot along-side fellow female competitor, Ginni Swanton.
At the start of the race Mishael quickly
jumped up six places only to drop a few as she had to skillfully avoid
several cars crashing off the course. During the race she had only
one off-track excursion when she drove through the dirt in the safety
pin. Mishael used a full-course caution to catch up to the leaders
and passed 2 cars going into turn one when the track went green again.
Mishael commented at the conclusion of the
race, “I am very happy with the week at the famous 12 hours of Sebring.
I accomplished my goals of finishing the race. There were a lot of
cars crashing and I was not one of them. I am looking forward to
running more of the Star Mazda North American Championship races in
“The best part of the weekend here at Sebring
was meeting all of the great people in the Star Mazda pits. All of
the teams and drivers were very friendly and helpful.”
Driving with one of two in-car cameras provided by Star
Mazda for the television coverage of the race, Mishael finished all 18
laps and finished in 29th
place averaging 86.877 mph. The race can be seen on
Speed Channel with the initial airing on April, 6th at
8:30 PM Eastern Standard Time.
Be sure to follow all of Mishael’s action on her
Results from the Annual Sun Trust Media Challenge
Mishael Abbott participated in the 2nd Annual Sun Trust Media Challenge
at the Grand Prix of Miami Saturday, March 2nd, 2002 as a member of the
defending champion, all female, 99.9 KISS Country Team. The challenge
matched teams from local area professional sporting
teams, television and radio stations in
a pit stop - obstacle race prior to the season opener for the
Indy Racing League. at Homestead Miami Speedway.
The 99.9 KISS Country Team won their first two heat races. With a
$5000 prize on the line to be donated to their favorite charity, the
WKIS Team lost the final race by a narrow margin to the
WIRL 107.9 Country
team. The WKIS Team had the faster tire changing times but lost
valuable time on the track due to a slow pit vehicle used to carry the
tires in the competition.
Fun was had by all participants and of course the true
beneficiaries were the charities.
Click the photos below to see full size pictures.
Mishael Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Grand Prix of Miami
Grand Prix of Miami is the series opener for
Indy Racing League.
This prestigious event will be ushered in Saturday March 2nd
2002 with the 2nd Annual Sun Trust Media Challenge.
This challenge pits teams from local area television and radio stations
in a pit stop –
The winning team will win a $5000 prize to be donated to
their favorite charity. Mishael has been selected as one of the
four members of the defending champion, all female 99.9 KISS Country Team.
Celebrity Debbie Blake will head up
the KISS Team, which has pledged to donate the prize money to the
Homestead Hospital Pediatric Ward. The ward is scheduled to be
remodeled around a racing theme. Competing against them will be
teams made up of members of the Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins, and the
Mishael Abbott Races at Sebring
Florida – In only her second race weekend in a Formula Mazda, Mishael
Abbott qualified sixteenth in a field of thirty cars at the Winter
Vacation National Races at Sebring International Raceway’s north course.
Mishael avoided a spinning car immediately ahead of her and went on to
qualify with a lap time of 1:09.00’ (92.87mph), less than five tenths of
a second behind the three cars in front of her. The pole qualifier came
in with a time of 1:06.10’ for the event sanctioned by the Central
Florida Region of SCCA. Mishael still holds the lap record at Sebring
for shifter karts with a time of 1:14.62’ set in April of 1999.
Castellani and Bobby Khavidi,
her Pro-One Motorsports teammates are on hand to coach Mishael
throughout the weekend. Mishael will race again January 12 and 13 at the
34th Annual Winter Nationals at Moroso Motorsports Park in a
Mishael Abbott Scores Top Five Finish in Formula Mazda Debut at Mid-Ohio
Sports Car Course
– Debuting at the historic, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH, Mishael
Abbott took yet another step towards Indianapolis. The 20 year old native of
Coral Springs, Florida proved that she is poised for the 2002 STAR MAZDA SERIES
opener next spring in Miami by performing very well in the adverse conditions
served up for the race.
In a field of 28, Mishael started
in the middle of the pack. Displaying her driving prowess and despite the
unseasonably cold, windy weather of Ohio she brought in a 5th place finish. The
mercury at Mid Ohio never topped 50 degrees, leaving the racing surfaces
unpredictable. In this event, which featured many drivers in spinouts and cars
leaving the track, Mishael had and overcame her own difficulties. Early in the
race, spinning her car once only proved to strengthen her determination to
outperform the other drivers. Each lap allowed both car and driver to settle
into the adverse conditions. Through a demonstration of her technical driving
skills and will to succeed Mishael’s lap times improved throughout the race.
During the post race interview,
Mishael spoke eagerly of her next opportunity at Mid-Ohio. "This not only was my
first full race experience in the Formula Mazda but also my first time running
here at Mid-Ohio. This is one of the most technically demanding circuits in
North America. I’m not sure that I fully mastered it this time but I do feel
confident that the track didn’t master me. We’re looking forward to returning
here for the pro series event scheduled for next summer".
Heading back to Florida for the
winter, Mishael will continue to seek seat time at every opportunity. "I’ve
raced shifter karts for several years and have also tried my hand with other
racing series. The Formula Mazdas are by far the most rewarding and challenging
vehicles that I’ve had the opportunity to drive. They are a "spec" class with
strict regulations on the chassis and engine. The primary focus is then placed
on the driver and his/her ability to demonstrate their skills and adaptability.
Practice and experience gained during the off season will certainly allow me to
excel in the coming year," added Abbott.
For the 2002 season Mishael has
agreed to drive for Pro-One Motorsports headquartered out of GingerMan Raceway
in South Haven, Michigan. Pro-One Motorsports has compiled an excellent team
that includes Italian driver Fabio Castellani, who recently won a Sport Car Club
of America National Championship event, also held at the Mid-Ohio facility in
late August. The STAR MAZDA SERIES will have Mishael touring North America with
races in Miami, Florida; Mosport (Canada); Texas Motor Speedway; and MAZDA
Raceway at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California to name a few. Mishael will
continue to keep her skills sharp by running her Banke Honda powered Birel in
select shifter kart races at venues up and down the east coast, including the
prestigious Barre Grand Prix held each summer in Barre, Ontario, Canada.
"The 2002 season, with Pro-One,
will hopefully be a major stepping stone of my goal to challenge and win the
Indianapolis 500. Several females have competed there over the past few years
but none have come close to winning. I feel with the help of my teammates and
their many years of racing experience, here and in Europe, that I can, in the
very near future reach this goal," declared Abbott.
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