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Mishael Featured in Rebroadcast of SPEED Channel’s Coverage of SCCA National Championship Runoffs

The Formula Mazda SCCA National Championship race will be rebroadcast on SPEED Channel on Wednesday, December 1, 2004 at 4:00 a.m. Eastern.  Mishael (and father, Paul) were featured in a short vignette midway through the coverage.

 


Mishael Featured in AutoWeek and SPEED Channel’s Coverage of SCCA National Championship Runoffs

Coral Springs, FL (November 7, 2004) – Formula Mazda driver, Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL, competed in her first Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs® at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in Lexington, OH, the week of September 20-24.  SPEED Channel is showing the first airing of the Formula Mazda National Championship race on November 27, 3:00 p.m. Eastern.  SPEED Channel’s coverage of the race will feature a vignette on Mishael shot at the Team 36 Racing/K-Fast paddock. 

Bill McGuire of AutoWeek magazine interviewed and spent some time with Mishael before the race and featured her in his annual coverage of the National Championship Runoffs posted to the website on October 4, 2004.  The article can be read online at www.autoweek.com or by using this direct link, http://www.autoweek.com/article.cms?articleId=100970.   

Mishael finished three days of qualifying for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs®, starting eleventh on the grid of twenty-four Formula Mazda's all vying to be this year's National Champion.   At the drop of the green flag the field shuffled out as the cars came in line for the opening corners on the 2.28-mile, 13-turn road track.  Teammate Rob Nicholas moved into first and Mishael settled in the twelfth position.  Mishael held the position firmly until the end of lap seven when brake failure caused her to spin, leaving her at the back of the pack.   

Without giving up and racing to the end, Mishael continued, essentially without brakes, and even managed to pass a few competitors.  On the last corner of the final lap, Mishael was fighting for one more position, trying a difficult pass through the carousel, before finishing seventeenth in her first National Championship. 

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“I really enjoyed my first Runoffs, even with the disappointment of my brake failure,” Mishael remarked after the race.  “The competition and intensity here this week was so exhilarating that I can’t wait for next year.  Thanks to K-Fast Racing’s Kevin Firlein for providing me with another top car this week.” 

Next on Mishael’s racing schedule is the annual “Turkey Trot”, an SCCA Regional race at the Sebring International Raceway long track, November 27-28.

 


Mishael Abbott To Appear on SHORT TRACK USA Live Radio,   October 6 

Coral Springs, FL (October 5, 2004) – Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL, will appear live on SHORT TRACK USA on Wednesday, October 6, 2004.  SHORT TRACK USA is a weekly racing radio show on WDCF AM Dade City/Tampa, FL, hosted by Tony Modica, every Wednesday evening from      7PM - 9PM Eastern.

Mishael will be a special show guest with planned live discussion Wednesday, October 6 at 8:40 p.m. Eastern.  ShortTrackUSA.Net broadcasts from WDCF 1350 AM.  Listen live on the World Wide Web at www.KGRN.info via Live365.com.  Log in early to ensure your connection and not miss out on the interview with Mishael.


Mishael Qualified Eleventh for SCCA National Championship Runoffs 

Lexington, OH (September 23, 2004) – Formula Mazda driver, Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL, finished three days of qualifying for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs® at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio and will start eleventh on the grid of twenty-four Formula Mazda's all vying to be this year's National Champion


Mishael Abbott Finishes Fourth in Tune-up for National Runoffs 

Lexington, OH (September 11, 2004) – Formula Mazda driver, Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL, finished the Star Mazda EAST Championship Season at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.  Using the eighth and final round of the Star Mazda EAST Championship Season as a tune-up for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs National Championship Runoffs® Mishael qualified fifth during the single practice/qualifying session on Saturday morning on the 2.28-mile, 13-turn road track. 

In a combined-class race on Saturday afternoon, Abbott passed four cars on the start before the first corner and moved into fourth among Formula Mazda competitors.  Maintaining her position she finished fourth in the Star Mazda EAST Championship race for Formula Mazda’s.  Her fastest lap during the thirteen-lap race was 1:31.155 (90.0 mph). 

“I got an awesome start and passed four cars at the green flag before working on turning in some consistent laps,” Abbott remarked after the race.  “With the EAST Championship out of reach today and only 20 minutes practice, we used the day to set-up and prepare the car for the (SCCA National Championship) Runoffs®.  We accomplished a lot of what we wanted and K-Fast Racing’s Kevin Firlein again provided me and Rob (Nicholas) excellent cars.  Congratulations to Rob on winning the EAST Championship today.” 

Next on Mishael Abbott’s racing schedule is the Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs® Presented by Kohler® at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in Lexington, OH, on September 20-24.  The Runoffs® will air on Speed Channel during November and December will feature a story on Mishael.  Initial airing of the Formula Mazda National Championship race is scheduled for November 27, 3:00 p.m. Eastern. 

Abbott continues to pursue her formal education at Florida Atlantic University, working toward an elementary teaching degree, and seeking sponsorship support to compete in the Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series

For further information, photographs, media kit or partnership opportunities, visit www.mishaelabbott.com or contact Mishael at mishael@mishaelabbott.com.


 

Abbott Races into First Place in SCCA Southeast Division National Finale

Impressive Win at VIR Carries to National Runoffs

Alton, VA (August 8, 2004) – Formula Mazda driver, Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL, finished the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) 2004 National season with a win, August 8, at the Oak Tree National, held at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia.

Although engine power and braking deficiencies threatened to stall Abbott’s chances, she managed to qualify fourth among Formula Mazda competitors and fifteenth in the combined starting grid.  After the crew worked through the night resolving the aggravating engine and braking problems, the rest was up to Mishael. 

After two waved-off starts, the field took the green flag for the 14-lap race around VIR’s 3.27-mile road course.  With two less race laps available to her, Abbott demonstrated the poise and finesse that are quickly becoming her trademarks and immediately made progress through the field.  By lap six, Abbott owned first place in her race group.  During the final six laps she succeeded in holding off numerous passing attempts to secure her first SCCA National event win.

“When we decided to bring K-Fast Racing’s, Kevin Firlein, on-board this summer as our engineer, we knew that winning was in our grasp.  His car set-up expertise and knowledge of suspension dynamics have given me a race car that I’ve never had the pleasure of driving before,” quoted Abbott.  “With the results at the ‘June Sprints’ where I earned the Hard Charger award, and my fifth place finish at ‘The Glen’, we knew I had the equipment to win.  Now it’s off to the Runoffs to win a National Championship!”

Mishael Abbott’s dominating first win at an SCCA National Event guarantees her invitation to the SCCA National Championship Runoffs® Presented by Kohler®.  The SCCA Runoffs® are held the last week of September at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in Lexington, OH, and airs on Speed Channel during October and November.  Look for Mishael to be on the podium. 

Next on Mishael Abbott’s racing schedule is the Star Mazda EAST Championship Series final race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on September 10-12.  This event will be tightly contended with competitors looking to tune-up and finish strong for the Runoffs®.

Abbott continues to pursue her formal education at Florida Atlantic University, working toward an elementary teaching degree, and seeking sponsorship support to compete in the Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series.

For further information, photographs, media kit or partnership opportunities, visit www.mishaelabbott.com or contact Mishael at mishael@mishaelabbott.com.

 


Fifth Place Finish for Mishael at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen, NY (July 11, 2004) – Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL finished fifth at Watkins Glen International for the 57th Glen Nationals / Round 7 of the Star Mazda EAST Championship around “The Glen’s” 3.4-mile road course.  Abbott qualified her Formula Mazda seventh for the EAST Championship and twentieth on the grid of combined race groups featuring Formula Atlantic, Formula Mazda, Formula Continental, Sports 2000, C Sports Racer, and D Sports Racer. 

Abbott started the race quickly moving up in the field until the third lap when the car directly in front of her lost control and went into a spin.  Responding quickly and to avoid “T-boning” her competitor, Abbott narrowly avoided an accident by putting her own car into a spin which resulted in her loss of a number of positions.  Abbott gathered herself, regained control of her car and got back into the chase.   Not content to just finish after her spin she was again passing with determination.  A pass on the fourteenth and final lap placed her fifth among Star Mazda EAST Championship competitors and improved her to eighth overall with an average speed of 97.367 mph.   

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“Things are really starting to come together with my car set-up all thanks to my mechanic, Kevin Firlein,” stated Mishael Abbott after the event. “Once again I was moving up and feeling very comfortable.  If not for the early forced spin, I might have been challenging the leaders for the win.  I’m really looking forward to my next race at VIR.” 

Next on Mishael Abbott’s racing schedule is the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Oak Tree National at Virginia International Raceway on August 6-8.


Mishael Advances to Claim Seventh in her First June Sprints

Elkhart Lake, WI (June 19, 2004) – Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL moved up from the thirteenth starting position to finish seventh in her first Kohler®/Chicago Region June Sprints.  Back at Road America for the first time since her father raced a Formula Continental there nearly 20 years ago, Mishael quickly learned the four-mile, 14-turn road track with very few practice laps.   

While getting familiar with the famed track, Abbott qualified thirteenth for the starting grid of Formula Mazdas.  By race time she was much more comfortable and made six passes for position to finish seventh.  For her determination Mishael won the Chicago Indoor Racing Hard Charger Award for producing the most improved finishing position relative to the starting grid position of all twenty-four race classes. 

“I was very excited to drive at Road America for the first time and to compete in the June Sprints,” Mishael Abbott stated after the event. “It is a very challenging track but I was getting comfortable and was able to make a number of passes.  Given a few more race laps, I think I could have had a top five finish.”


 

Sixth Place Finish at Mid-Ohio in EAST Championship Race

Lexington, OH (June 6, 2004) - Mishael Abbott returned to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for round six of the Star Mazda EAST Championship and for the SCCA Central Division Race of Champions.  During Friday’s practice session Mishael experimented with new suspension settings and by the end of the day was nearly a second below her personal best on the 2.28-mile, 13-turn road track.

With an average speed of 91.09 mph, Mishael qualified seventh among the Star Mazda EAST Championship competitors.  For Sunday’s race, Mishael was still trying to find the right suspension setups and getting accustomed to the different handling characteristics.  Mishael finished in sixth place and maintained her sixth place standing in the EAST Championship. 

Mishael’s next race is at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI for the 49th Kohler Chicago Region June Sprints on June 17-20, 2004.

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Mishael Completes her IRL Drivers License Paperwork 

Indianapolis, IN (May 28, 2004) - Mishael Abbott takes another step in her journey toward the Indy Racing League and competing in the Indianapolis 500 by submitting the paperwork for her IRL competition license.    

While in Indianapolis for the 88th running of the fabled event, Mishael completed her 2004 Driver License and Membership Application and took her physical examination with the Indy Racing League.   The application is also valid for her ACCUS / FIA competition license. 

Mishael is continuing her sponsor search while making preparations for competing in the season’s final three races of the Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series at Chicagoland, California Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. 

Pictured below is Mishael with Dr. Henry Bach, Director of Medical for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Top Five Finish at Virginia International Raceway

 after Qualifying Wreck

Alton, VI (May 8, 2004) - Mishael Abbott scored another top five finish but her misfortune continued with a big wreck on the final lap of qualifying on Saturday morning.  Mishael's expectations were high in her returned to Virginia International Raceway; the site where just last year she came home with a podium finish.  A wreck with just a couple corners left on the final qualifying lap resulted in heavy damage to Mishael's Formula Mazda.  Her earlier posted time placed her fifth on the grid of Star Mazda EAST Championship Series drivers but a lot of work was needed on her damaged car just to make the race.  Following a few frantic hours piecing together the race car, Mishael just made the feature race.  Mishael fought hard with the car and race competitors finishing fifth for the second race in a row.


Abbott Scores Top Five Finish at Road Atlanta

Braselton, Georgia (March 28, 2004) - Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL finished fifth at Road Atlanta on Sunday and slipped to fourth place in the overall standings in the Star Mazda EAST Championship Series following a weekend plagued with mechanical woes.

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An all-day test session was scheduled at the winding, undulating sports car circuit at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA for Friday, March 29, 2004 leading to the fourth race of the Star Mazda EAST Championship Series on Sunday. Unfortunately, upon unloading the racecar from the trailer on Thursday night, a significant puddle of oil was discovered under Abbott's Formula Mazda. Further investigation found a defective oil retaining seal in the transaxle of her car. Even after multiple changes, the faulty seal continued to interfere with meaningful on-track time and limited Abbott's qualifying and race set-up testing.

Mishael had only completed one break-in session and three practice laps when the errant seal began leaking again during Saturday's qualifying session. Her best lap resulted in a sixth place Formula Mazda grid position. Mired well back in the combined race field of Formula Atlantics, Continentals, and assorted Sports Racers, she was left with the challenge of passing numerous non-class competitors to simply reach other Star Mazda EAST Championship competitors in the field. Good fortune finally shown when the root cause of the sealing failure was discovered late Saturday night. After a near all-nighter repair, her #36 Star Mazda was ready for Sunday's race.

Race day turned the tide of bad luck. With a congested, yet clean start, Abbott was able to pick off fellow competitors with relative ease, moving up in the Formula Mazda field as well as overall race placement. Her lap times improved throughout the race so that she was completing laps as fast as the ultimate Formula Mazda race winner. Final results brought a fifth place finish in the Star Mazda EAST Championship and ninth overall in the combined field. The fifth place points allows Abbott to only slip to fourth in the overall EAST Championship points standings, with the series at the halfway point.

"It certainly tries one's patience when we seem to have these peculiar mechanical problems," Mishael Abbott stated after the event. "A fellow (Star Mazda) competitor commented that in 12 years of racing he had never replaced the seal that we continued to have problems with this past weekend. I can't thank my Velocity Motorsports Teammates and pit crew enough for their incredible and tireless support. Without their hard work I wouldn't be able to have the success that we are experiencing. I'm looking forward to our next race at Virginia International Raceway where I had a podium finish last year. With our mechanical gremlins hopefully behind us now, we can set our goal at winning this upcoming event."

Next on Mishael Abbott's racing schedule is the Star Mazda EAST Championship Series race at Virginia International Raceway on May 7-9.

Abbott continues to pursue her formal education at Florida Atlantic University toward an elementary teaching degree and seeking sponsorship support to compete in the Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series.

 


Mishael Takes Lead in EAST Championship Series

Kershaw, South Carolina (February 22, 2004) - Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL did not have the best of luck in her first visit to Carolina Motorsports Park but still came away on top of the Star Mazda EAST Championship Series standings. Abbott had planned many practice laps over several days to familiarize herself with the course and prepare the car for Sunday's 2004 Spring Sprints National sanctioned by the Central Carolinas Region of the Sports Car Club of America. However, transmission problems forced several rebuilds and ultimately replacement of the transmission. Despite this, Abbott qualified eighth among the Star Mazda EAST Championship competitors and during the race, moved up to a sixth place finishing position. After two rounds Mishael is leading the standings in the Star Mazda EAST Championship Series.

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The race started with a black flag on the opening lap that brought all competitors into the pits. When the field was sent back out onto the track, a number of cars were experiencing overheating problems. Directly in front of Abbott a couple drivers were holding back while nursing their machines. This caused Abbott to find herself and her Velocity Motorsports Formula Mazda a few corners behind the leader when the green flag fell again. Abbott worked her way up to the leaders, posting her fastest race lap of 1:37.51 (82.5 mph) around the 14-turn road course and finishing sixth.

"We came here with the idea we could get 250 practice laps but because of transmission problems we could only get the car out for 7 practice laps from Thursday to Saturday. That is a very frustrating because you always want to go into a race as prepared as possible but it is also part of racing and you just persevere and do the best you can. I am actually pleased with my race performance and very excited about my first place standing in the EAST Championship," reported Mishael after the weekend.

Next on Mishael Abbott's racing schedule is the Star Mazda EAST Championship Series race at Road Atlanta on March 26-28.

Abbott continues to pursue her formal education at Florida Atlantic University toward an elementary teaching degree and seeking sponsorship support to compete in the Star Mazda Pro Series presented by Goodyear and the Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series for 2004.

For further information and partnership opportunities visit www.mishaelabbott.com or e-mail mishael@mishaelabbott.com.


Mishael Finishes Fifth at Moroso Motorsports Park

Sebring, FL (January 18, 2004) - Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL made a visit to Moroso Motorsports Park for the Frank Meleney & Dick Springer Memorial Winter National & Vintage Races sanctioned by the Florida Region of the Sports Car Club of America.  Competing on the 2.25-mile track near Palm Beach Springs, FL, Mishael finished fifth in her Formula Mazda race group among thirty-four total competitors.  Her fasted race lap averaged 81.474 mph on the 10-turn road track.

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Mishael Finishes 2nd in EAST Championship Opener

Sebring, FL (January 12, 2004) - Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL began the 2004 Star Mazda EAST Championship Series as she completed the 2003 Series, with a 2nd place podium finish at Sebring International Raceway.

The S.I.R. Winter National race sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America was the setting for the first round of 2004 EAST Championship Professional Series.  This series consists of eight races ranging from Sebring in Florida to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Mansfield, OH.  

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The opening qualifying session was held Saturday morning in less than ideal conditions with overcast skies, 20 mph winds, and track temperatures holding around 50 degrees. Abbott’s first qualifying attempt placed her third in the 14-car Formula Mazda field with a lap time of 2:14.834 at an average speed of 101.47 mph. Weather conditions were consistent through the final qualifying session later in the day, however Abbott’s transmission linkage failed, making gear selection difficult.  Her lap time improved slightly to 2:14.513 but with three other competitors also improving their times, Abbott was relegated to sixth on the grid.

Race day dawned equally as cold as qualifying but with clear skies and light wind. Morning practice confirmed that repairs to the transmission were successful and forecasted a positive result in the upcoming competition. The race started under a full-course caution due to the failure of the field to properly form up.  Once the green was thrown Mishael improved her starting place over the first three laps to fourth.  Another full-course caution on lap 7 bunched the field, negating the previous gains in track position. At the restart slower traffic obstructed the track for a lap causing Mishael to slip back into fifth.  By lap 10 she had cleared the slower congestion and regained fourth.  On lap 11 with close dicing occurring around the entire track she accomplished two aggressive passes.  That placed Mishael in firm control of second place, which she held until the checked flag flew.

“WOW! What a way to start the 2004 campaign,” was Mishael’s initial reaction at the post-race impound and technical inspection. "To finish second to Doug Peterson who is one of, if not the fastest Star Mazda Series driver that we compete against, is certainly a major accomplishment.  My Velocity Motorsports teammates and special driver coaching from Moses Smith Racing, gave me, by far, the best car and competitive edge that I’ve ever experienced.  This was a field of cars and drivers equal to any of the Star Mazda events that we’ve competed in all of last season.  I feel we can carry this momentum forward and make the 2004 Championship an achievable goal. ”

 Abbott continues to pursue her formal education at Florida Atlantic University toward an elementary teaching degree and seeking sponsorship support to compete in the Star Mazda Pro Series presented by Goodyear and the Indy Racing League Infiniti Pro Series for 2004.


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