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Mishael Abbott Attends IRL Season Preview Meeting

Passes Physical Exam for 2007 Indy Pro Series Season

INDIANAPOLIS (January 24, 2007) – Mishael Abbott attended the 2007 Indy Racing League® Season Preview Meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The annual meeting provided a discussion of safety, new venues, and other topics of interest to teams and drivers as the new season kicks off.

That same week Mishael passed her driver physical examination including physical, eye and neurological tests and completed her 2007 Driver License and Membership Application materials. The application is also valid for her 2007 ACCUS-FIA Driver License.

Mishael continues talks with a number of teams to compete in the entire 2007 Indy Pro Series™ season and is optimistic about securing a deal before the opening test session at Homestead-Miami on February 20 and 22.

“I am excited about the possibility of running the entire season and competing for the Indy Pro Series Championship this year,” said Mishael Abbott. “They added two new tracks to the schedule for a 16-race season that includes three races at my favorite track, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

Mishael competed in four events in the Indy Pro Series in 2005 and three races in 2006. In her debut race at Homestead-Miami she qualified fourth and finished eighth.

Mishael Abbott is pursuing her formal education at the University of Indianapolis working on a sports management degree.


Mishael Abbott Finishes First Among DP-02 Cars at Sebring

Race Served as Test for 12 Hours of Sebring

INDIANAPOLIS (January 10, 2007) – Mishael Abbott started off the 2007 season just the way she wanted in her B-K Motorsports, Elan DP-02 powered by Mazda. Mishael finished first among the IMSA Lites 1 class cars at Sebring International Raceway’s 3.6-mile long-track during the SCCA Central Florida Region Winter Vacation Nationals on Sunday.

Mishael Abbott used the SCCA race weekend to test and set up her new Mazda powered Elan DP-02 in preparation for her debut during the 12 hours of Sebring, March 14-17, as the 2007 IMSA Lites season kicks off.

“It was a really good weekend for my first race in this car,” said Mishael Abbott. “My Team Manager, Marcus Haselgrove, and the rest of the B-K Motorsports team did an awesome job. I learned a lot this weekend, plus we had a great result.”

“This was a good outing for B-K and Mishael,” said Marcus Haselgrove. “We ran through a lot of setups, implemented new staff into the team, and ended up being the first IMSA Lites car in the race. Everybody worked really hard and I think the results show.”

 

 

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Mishael plans to schedule another SCCA National event weekend in February to get more seat time in preparation for the beginning of the IMSA Lites season (www.imsaracing.net).

“There is still more that I can get out of the car,” Mishael said. “With some additional practice time and working hard with the team to further develop my skills, I am confident we’ll be going much faster in March.”

Mishael Abbott is pursuing her formal education at the University of Indianapolis working on a sports management degree.


Crash at June Sprints Resigns Mishael Abbott to Eighteenth

ELKHART LAKE, WI (June 27, 2006) – Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL returned to Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI for the Kohler® / Sports Car Club of America Chicago Region June Sprints® in her Formula Mazda last weekend.

After running as high as sixth, Mishael Abbott had a rear wing failure on lap 7 and crashed hard in Turn 6. The crash concluded what turned out to be a weekend of frustration for Mishael, following a promising open practice session on Thursday.

The weekend included a problem with her nose assembly coming off and flying high in the sky, two broken brake rotors, right-front damage following an on-track incident, bent left-front suspension in final qualifying, and lastly the rear wing failure.

Mishael started eleventh in a field of twenty-one Formula Mazdas. The first qualifying session began in wet conditions with a drying track and ended early with an incident in “Canada Corner”. The second qualifying session was mired with a bent suspension piece producing a terrible pushing condition.

 

 

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The race started off well for Mishael. She jumped into sixth during the first lap picking up most of those spots heading into Turn 1. Mishael was settling in for the 13-lap race when her rear wing collapsed going into Turn 6. The culprit was the loss of a nylock nut holding her rear wing struts that resulted from exhaust heat build-up. Adjustments had been made to the exhaust diffuser in an effort to reduce sound decibels that were being closely monitored by track officials on all the race cars.

“My luck on-track wasn’t a bright spot but it was still an enjoyable weekend,” said Mishael Abbott. “I love the track and the atmosphere at Road America. The fans were wonderful all weekend long. I am sorry I didn’t have a better showing for Boy Scout Troop 260, who were cheering me on everyday.”

Mishael was hoping to back on track in her Formula Mazda in a couple weeks but she’ll need to postpone her next race while repairs are being made to the car. Mishael plans to return to Road America on July 22-23 to get the result she was looking for at the June Sprints last weekend.


Mishael Qualifies 11th in Formula Mazda at June Sprints

ELKHART LAKE, WI (June 25, 2006) – Qualifying has concluded for Mishael Abbott in her Formula Mazda at Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI for the Kohler® / Sports Car Club of America Chicago Region June Sprints®.

Saturday’s qualifying session was damp, bringing reminders of Watkins Glen, but not quite so wet.  A surprise shower less than an hour prior to qualifying left everyone wondering about the tire choice.  Most went out on rain tires but some had slicks and a few others had some “hand-groved” tires.

Mishael chose to start with rain tires and planned to change to slicks mid-session.  The track slowly dried but she never got to change to slicks after being bumped in "Canada Corner" by another car during the later half of the session.  Those on slicks turned in quick times on their final laps leaving Mishael in the provisional 15th grid position.

Repairs were made and Mishael was ready for Sunday morning’s qualifying session.  Overnight rains gave concern for another wet qualifying but the track dried quickly. Unfortunately a bent suspension piece had gone unnoticed from Saturday’s incident.

“The car was really pushing,” said Mishael Abbott. “We made a quick adjustment in the pits and I went back out to make the best of it.  I picked up over a second but that only brought me up to 11th.”

Mishael will start eleventh out of twenty-one Formula Mazda competitors at the 2006 June Sprints®.  The June Sprints is the first leg of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Triple Crown.  The Formula Mazda race is Sunday afternoon, June 25.


Mishael Abbott to Drive Her Formula Mazda at June Sprints

INDIANAPOLIS (June 21, 2006) – Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL will be competing in her Formula Mazda this weekend in the Kohler® / Sports Car Club of America Chicago Region June Sprints® at Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI.

“I am really excited about running in the June Sprints this year. It will be the first time that I’m driving my own race car there,” said Mishael Abbott. “I love the race track at Road America and the atmosphere is great! I’ve been excited for a couple months now, ever since I confirmed I’d be driving at the ‘Sprints’ on my birthday weekend.”

The June Sprints is the first leg of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Triple Crown. Open practice begins on Thursday with the Formula Mazda race on Sunday afternoon, June 25.

Mishael has been driving for Michael Crawford Motorsports as the only female in the Indy Racing League® Indy Pro Series, competing in three events this season.

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Driver: Mishael Abbott

Team: Team 36 Racing

Sponsor: Skyline Management / www.mishaelabbott.com

Formula Mazda: # 36, purple and black

Next Race: 2006 Kohler® / SCCA Chicago Region June Sprints®

                  The First Leg of the SCCA Triple Crown

Where: Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI

Practice: Open practice Thursday, June 22; and Friday, June 23, 1:20 p.m.

Qualifying: Saturday, June 24, 11:30 a.m; and Sunday, June 25, 9:25 a.m.

Race: Sunday, June 25, approximately 3:00 p.m.

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Coral Springs Florida native Mishael Abbott is pursuing dual degrees from Florida Atlantic University in elementary education and currently resides in Indianapolis while studying sports marketing at the University of Indianapolis.

Mishael is also running a limited season in the Indy Racing League® Indy Pro Series™ while seeking sponsorship support for the remaining 2006 races. For sponsorship opportunities contact Paul Abbott at paul@mishaelabbott.com.


Perseverance Rewards Mishael Abbott at Watkins Glen

Many Spin Out in Indy Pro Series’ First Rain Race

 

WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 4, 2006) – Rain continued for race day at Watkins Glen International for the Indy Pro Series™ Corning 100 on Sunday. Saturday’s rains that cut the schedule for both Indy Pro Series and IndyCar® Series qualifying never really subsided and the Indy Pro Series ran the first rain race in its history.

 

An unusual sound was heard from the Michael Crawford Motorsports car #8 when the engine was fired for the early Sunday morning warmup. It turned out to be a misaligned lay shaft in the gearbox possibly resulting from Saturday’s spin and light contact with the tire wall. The problem was discovered too late for Mishael to make the final warmup but the wet track caused accidents and shortened the session to only a few laps anyway.

 

Just after noon on Sunday seventeen Indy Pro Series cars took on the 11-turn, 3.37-mile Watkins Glen road course, all with Firestone rain tires, for the first Indy Pro Series race in the rain.

 

“The crew fixed the gear box problem but we had some kind of misfire during the race that was causing the car to be unpredictable,” said Mishael Abbott.

 

The rain and cool weather at “The Glen” contributed to Mishael’s engine not getting up to proper temperature resulting in a misfire that affected her car nearly the entire race.

 

“I stayed out there just trying to keep the car out of the fence,” said Mishael. “I had to really stay on top of the car and be alert for sudden power surges. We managed to move up four positions and collected enough prize money to cover my incident from yesterday.”

 

 

 

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Mishael Abbott finished twelfth after starting in the sixteenth position.

 

“At Indy we let Mishael down but this weekend we gave her a respectable car,” said Michael Crawford afterward. “Mishael’s optimism and perseverance shone through conditions that were definitely against us. We achieved a good result today in atrocious conditions.”

 

Television coverage is scheduled for Thursday, June 8 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT).

 


Indy Pro Series Qualifying Dampened at Watkins Glen for Mishael Abbott

INDIANAPOLIS (June 3, 2006) – Overnight rains failed to subside in time for Indy Pro Series™ qualifying on Saturday at Watkins Glen International and contributed to a single morning qualifying session. The early morning qualifying session was cancelled while waiting for the MedEvac helicopter. The Indy Racing League won't run without the medical helicopter in place but the low ceiling kept it from getting into the track.

Hoping to repeat past successes at “The Glen”, Mishael Abbott found her already wet qualifying session further dampened when she slid off the track in Turn 1 and was unable to continue. Mishael will start her Michael Crawford Motorsports, car #8, for the Corning 100 in the sixteenth position when seventeen Indy Pro Series cars take to the 3.37-mile road course on Sunday.

“We were slow during the first practice sessions on Friday but picked up a few seconds by the end of third session and was confident we would pick up a couple more seconds today,” said Mishael Abbott. “Unfortunately I pinched the turn-in at (Turn) 1 and the rear came around on me on the wet track. The team is working hard to repair the minor damage. Look for me to move up through the field when the green falls tomorrow.”

Race time for the 29-lap (97.73 miles) Corning 100 is 12:30 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday. Television coverage is scheduled for Thursday, June 8 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT).


Will Watkins Glen be the Road to Success for Mishael Abbott in the

Indy Pro Series?

INDIANAPOLIS (June 1, 2006) – Female Indy Pro Series driver, Mishael Abbott is hoping the 29 lap, 11-turn, 3.37-mile road course of the Corning 100 at Watkins Glen International will lead to a victory next Sunday. She has tasted success before at “The Glen” in the Star Mazda Series – East Championship with a podium finish in 2003 and fifth place in 2004. Driving under Michael Crawford Motorsports, Mishael is eager to race this course again.

“I really enjoy driving road courses and I’ve had success in the Star Mazda series at Watkins Glen. I’m banking on that experience and knowledge of the course to transfer in the Pro Series and perhaps a good showing here again.”

The Indy Pro Series is the premier ladder series for drivers, teams, and sponsors striving to compete in the IndyCar® Series and the Indianapolis 500®. Coral Springs Florida native Mishael Abbott is pursuing dual degrees from Florida Atlantic University in elementary education and currently resides in Indianapolis while studying sports marketing at the University of Indianapolis.

Mishael is running a limited season in the Indy Pro Series while seeking sponsorship support for the remaining 2006 races. For sponsorship opportunities contact Paul Abbott at paul@mishaelabbott.com.

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Driver: Mishael Abbott

Michael Crawford Motorsports

Indy Pro Series Car: # 8

Next Race: Sunday, June 4, 12:30 p.m. Corning 100, Watkins Glen International (NY) All Times in EDT

Prize Money: $275,000

Practice Schedule: Friday, June 2, 9:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Qualifying: Saturday, June 3, 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m.

Final Practice: Sunday, June 4, 9:00 a.m.

 


No "Freedom" at the 100 for Indy Pro Series Driver Mishael Abbott

 

INDIANAPOLIS (May 25, 2006) – Although disappointed with practice and qualifying for the Freedom 100, Mishael Abbott was hopeful that final adjustments to her car would lead to a better showing. Unfortunately, it was not to be as she struggled to find speed finishing 17 in the field of 19. Mishael’s best lap time was 181.63 mph.

 

“The car was OK at the beginning, but as the race progressed, the understeer got worse,” Mishael said. “I did the best I could out there, but I just couldn’t go flat out in the car all the way around. I’m looking forward to spotting for Jaques Lazier at the 500 on Sunday. Hopefully, he’ll have a much better race than I did,” Abbott added.

 

Mishael’s next race will be on Sunday, June 4 at Watkins Glen International in New York.

The Indy Pro Series is the premier ladder series for drivers, teams, and sponsors striving to compete in the IndyCar® Series and the Indianapolis 500®. Coral Springs Florida native Mishael Abbott is pursuing dual degrees from Florida Atlantic University in elementary education and currently resides in Indianapolis while studying sports marketing at the University of Indianapolis.

For more information, check out www.mishaelabbott.com. For sponsorship opportunities contact Paul Abbott at paul@mishaelabbott.com


Driver Mishael Abbott Qualifies 15th for Indy Pro Series Freedom 100 

INDIANAPOLIS (May 25, 2006) – Mishael Abbott had a good initial practice for the Indy Pro Series™ Freedom 100 on Thursday morning.  After 32 total laps, her best speed was 184.56 mph for the opening practice.

The second practice of the day, she was only able to reach a top speed of 182.77 mph after 27 laps. Mishael drew the 9th spot for the qualification run.  In the afternoon humidity, she qualified 15th with a top speed of 179.94 mph.  Speed was down even more for the final practice session, reaching only 176.105 mph as the temperatures reached nearly ninety degrees by end of day. 

The Indy Pro Series™ Freedom 100 is scheduled for Friday, May 26, 12:30 p.m. (EDT).

The Indy Pro Series is the premier ladder series for drivers, teams, and sponsors striving to compete in the IndyCar® Series and the Indianapolis 500®.  Coral Springs Florida native Mishael Abbott is pursuing dual degrees from Florida Atlantic University in elementary education and currently resides in Indianapolis while studying sports marketing at the University of Indianapolis. 

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Driver:  Mishael Abbott

Team:  Michael Crawford Motorsports

Indy Pro Series Car:  # 8

Next Race:  Friday, May 27, 12:30 p.m. (EDT) Freedom 100, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Price Money:  $300,000

Televised on May 27, ESPN2 at 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Upcoming Race: Sunday, June 4, 12:30 pm. (EDT), Corning 100, Watkins Glen, NY

Practice Session 1:  Rank 12th, Best Lap 19, Speed 184.56 mph, Total Laps 32

Practice Session 2:  Rank 15th, Best Lap 3, Speed 182.77 mph, Total Laps 27

Qualifying:  15th, Speed 179.88 mph

Final Practice Session:  Rank 19th, Best Lap 6, Speed 176.10 mph, Total Laps 11


Quotes from:

Mishael Abbott — “The early practice session went really well. Of course, we’re not as fast as we want to be.  The adjustments made before the remaining practice sessions and the qualifying run didn’t give us the speed we needed to get the most from the car.  The car feels good and it handles really well in traffic. Now we just need to find some speed for the race.”

Paul Abbott (Mishael Abbott Racing Manager) — “We were really pleased with the first practice, but it’s really frustrating that we can’t seem to find the speed to make a better showing.  After some additional changes, we hope tomorrow is a better day.”


Indy Pro Series Driver Mishael Abbott Chases Dream of Winning Big at Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (May 22, 2006) – While Mishael Abbott is preparing to race in her second attempt at the Indy Pro Series™ Freedom 100, she also finds time to repeat her spotting duties for IndyCar® Series driver Jaques Lazier and make personal appearances around Indianapolis. Mishael will race in the Freedom 100 for Michael Crawford Motorsports and spot for Playa Del Racing’s driver, Lazier.

“I found out that I will be the lead spotter for Jaques Lazier,” Abbott said. “Unlike last year in Turn 3, this year I will be in Turn 1, so it will be really neat to see the field of 33 take the green flag. Being able to watch the IndyCars on the course is a great learning experience for me,” Abbott added.

That experience will come in handy as she competes in the Indy Pro Series™ Freedom 100 on Friday, May 26, 12:30 p.m. (EDT)

Driver: Mishael Abbott

Team: Michael Crawford Motorsports

Indy Pro Series Car: # 8

Next Race: Friday, May 27, 12:30 p.m. (EDT) Freedom 100, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Price Money: $300,000

Practice Schedule: Thursday, May 26, 9 – 9:45 a.m., 11 – 11:45 a.m.

Qualifying: May 26, 1:15 p.m.

Final Practice: May 26, 3:40 – 4:00 p.m.

Televised on May 27, ESPN2 at 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Upcoming Race: Sunday, June 4, 12:30 pm. (EDT), Corning 100, Watkins Glen

Quotes from Mishael Abbott:

“Being a spotter is pretty easy. I've heard it so much in my ears over the years that it came pretty naturally to me last year. Jaques likes to hear the same stuff as me. We both don't like a lot of chatter, just the important stuff."

“It’s been great watching Jaques, but I’m REALLY ready to get out on the track! I can’t wait until Thursday’s practice and qualifying—not to mention the race on Friday.”

“Even though I've yet to hit the track, I've got plenty going on. I’m submitting a journal to the Boca Raton News to chronicle my entire experience during the month. Last Thursday was a day for the kids. An elementary class that I met last year came back to the track to see me. That evening, I visited the Riley Children's Hospital's Race Party. It was a fun night of arts and crafts with the kids. There’s been a flurry of activity all month.”

“Since I moved to Indianapolis, I haven’t been able to spend much time with my parents. I'm looking forward to Tuesday because they are driving my motor coach up from Florida and it will certainly be nice to see them again.


Indy Pro Series Driver Mishael Abbott Doubles as Spotter for IndyCar Driver Jaques Lazier

INDIANAPOLIS (May 15, 2006) – Indy Pro Series™ driver Mishael Abbott, pulls "double-duty" this month preparing to race in the Freedom 100 on May 26 and spotting for IndyCar® Series veteran Jaques Lazier during practice and the Indianapolis 500®. Mishael also spotted for Jaques at last year’s Indy race.

“I’m really excited about spotting for Jaques again this year,” Mishael stated. “It was a thrill last year and I learned a lot watching Jaques and past champions. That experience helped me hone my skills and become a better driver.”

Mishael will race for Michael Crawford Motorsports in the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 26, 12:30 p.m. EDT. The race is scheduled to be televised on ESPN2, May 26, 3:00 p.m. EDT as part of Carb Day coverage for the 90th Indianapolis 500. Her next race will be at Watkins Glen International on June 4.

The Indy Pro Series is the premier ladder series for drivers, teams, and sponsors striving to compete in the IndyCar® Series and the Indianapolis 500. Coral Springs Florida native Mishael Abbott is pursuing dual degrees from Florida Atlantic University in elementary education and currently resides in Indianapolis while studying sports marketing at the University of Indianapolis.


Florida Native Mishael Abbott Experiences Trouble at Homestead-Miami Indy Pro Series Opener

MIAMI (March 26, 2006) – After a disappointing practice and qualifying, Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL, finished 13th on the 1.5-mile oval course at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the season’s first race of the Indy Pro Series™ today.

The team made several adjustments to the car trying to increase speed. After final practice on Saturday, the motor was replaced, but the car setup wasn’t right the new engine.

“The team did their best but there just wasn’t time to hone in on the adjustments needed to make the car perform better. We needed some laps with the new engine,” Mishael stated. “I was hoping for a better finish for all the local Florida fans, but unfortunately it was not to be,” she added.

Mishael raced the season opener for Michael Crawford Motorsports. Crawford noted, “Mishael is a talented driver and she made the most of what she had to work with. I can’t wait for the next opportunity to put her in the car again. We know there is a better result out there for both of us.” Mishael is seeking sponsorship support to complete the entire 2006 season.

The Indy Pro Series is the premier ladder series for drivers, teams, and sponsors striving to compete in the IndyCar® Series and the Indianapolis 500®. Mishael Abbott is pursuing dual degrees from Florida Atlantic University in elementary education and at the University of Indianapolis in sports marketing.

The race is scheduled to be televised on ESPN2, March 31, 1:00 p.m. EST.


Florida Native Mishael Abbott Qualifies 15th at Indy Pro Series Season Opener

MIAMI (March 25, 2006) – After struggling during two days of practice, Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL qualified fifteenth for the season’s first Indy Pro Series™ race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, March 26, 12:30 p.m. EST.

“Yesterday was one of the most frustrating days of my career,” Mishael noted. We spent the practice session chasing more speed and just couldn’t seem to get the power we needed.”

After final practice on Saturday, Mishael’s motor was replaced. She will start the race in last position due the motor change.

“The team did the best they could to make adjustments to the car but it just wasn’t there so we swapped the motor,” Mishael added. “I’ll be racing hard tomorrow and hoping for the best.”

Mishael is racing the season opener for Michael Crawford Motorsports. She made her Pro Series debut in 2005 with Hemelgarn Johnson Motorsports, qualifying fourth at Homestead-Miami with an eighth place finish.


Mishael Abbott Drives Home Field Advantage at Indy Pro Series

Season Opener

MIAMI (March 20, 2006) – Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL, prepares to take to the 1.5-mile oval course at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the season’s first Indy Pro Series™ race on March 26, 12:30 p.m. EST.

Racing the No. 8 Hollywood Poker car for Michael Crawford Motorsports, Mishael hopes that hometown advantage will give her the edge to improve over last year’s eighth place finish at Homestead.

“It's a great track, the people here are awesome and it's in my backyard,” Mishael stated. “After testing at Homestead earlier in the month, the additional time on course helps me feel even more comfortable on this track. I really want to run a great race for my family, friends and all my Florida fans to thank them for their continued support over the years.”

"I can't wait for this race,” Mishael added. “I just think we have a really good car with the Michael Crawford Motorsports team. They're great. We're ready to go run and everyone is really excited about that." Mishael’s car will carry an on-board camera providing driver-perspective images for viewers during the March 31 telecast on ESPN2, 1:00 p.m. EST.

The Indy Pro Series is the premier ladder series for drivers, teams, and sponsors striving to compete in the IndyCar® Series and the Indianapolis 500®. Mishael Abbott is pursuing dual degrees from Florida Atlantic University in elementary education and at the University of Indianapolis in sports marketing. Mishael is seeking sponsorship support to complete the entire 2006 season.

For more information on Mishael Abbott, check out www.mishaelabbott.com. For sponsorship opportunities contact Paul Abbott at paul@mishaelabbott.com


Mishael Abbott Tests Indy Pro Series at Homestead-Miami

Road and Oval Testing with Michael Crawford Motorsports

MIAMI, FL (March 8, 2006) – Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL, was back in an Indy Pro Series™ car testing with Michael Crawford Motorsports on both the road course and the oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway in preparation for the 2006 Indy Racing League® Indy Pro Series™ season. IndyCar® Series and Indy Pro Series™ teams took advantage of four beautiful days in south Florida with each series spending a full-day testing on the 2.21-mile road course and then a full-day on the 1.5-mile oval.

This year Mishael is driving for Michael Crawford Motorsports in at least the season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 26 with high hopes for the entire season. “I am so excited about this year," said Mishael. "I was at the race shop five days in a row last week, spending time getting to know the car and the team. This is a team sport and we need to all be on the same page. The communication between the engineer and myself is fantastic.”

Mishael tested on the road course Saturday morning logging in 49 laps turning a best lap of 97.115 mph. She spent most of the time setting up the car and familiarizing herself with the car. “I am not overjoyed with my times today but I am very happy to be back in a Pro Series car for the first time since last June,” said Mishael.

Monday morning Mishael tested on the Homestead-Miami oval; the track where she made her Indy Pro Series depute last year, qualifying fourth. It was a successful session for Mishael, recording 73 laps on the 1.5-mile oval with a quick lap of 28.9465 seconds (184.686 mph).

“I was sitting in the drivers meeting this morning and was thinking, I just can’t wait to get out there on this oval,” stated an enthusiastic Mishael Abbott. “I ran three straight laps with the series champion on my outside. I love this! This is what I want to do.”

Mishael will return to her “home track” in the No. 9 Michael Crawford Motorsports entry on March 26 for the season’s first race. “It is a genuine pleasure having Mishael in the car this weekend,” said Michael Crawford. “We accomplished our goals on Saturday and hit every mark on Monday. I think we’re both looking forward to a very successful race weekend at Homestead and Monday was a super start.”


Mishael Abbott to Race Indy Pro Series Opener at Homestead-Miami

New team with Michael Crawford Motorsports

 

MIAMI (February 22, 2006) Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL, will take to the “home track” when she competes in the Indy Pro Series opening race, March 26, on the 1.5-mile oval course of the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“I’m so excited to race for the local Florida fans in the Indy Pro Series at Homestead-Miami, especially under the successful leadership of Michael Crawford Motorsports,” said Mishael. She will drive the road and oval open tests, March 4 & 6, and race for Michael Crawford Motorsports in the Miami 100. Crawford was general manager of Sam Schmidt Motorsports, playing an integral part in helping build the team that won the Pro Series championship in 2004 and finished with three cars in the top six points in 2005. Crawford is stepping out on his own this season fielding two cars in the Indy Pro Series.

“I’m really excited to work with Mishael. She brings a lot to the program,” said Crawford. “She qualified fourth at Homestead last year. We want to live up to that…in fact, do better than that! It’s an added bonus that she’s from South Florida.”

Mishael made history last season as the first female to race in the Pro Series. She would love to continue her history-making efforts with a podium finish at Homestead-Miami in front of the hometown fans. “I feel like this can really be a breakout season for me,” she added. “If I can secure funding for the full season, I know I can get closer to my goal of someday winning the Indianapolis 500.”

The Indy Pro Series is the premier ladder series for drivers, teams, sponsors striving to compete in the IndyCar® Series and the Indianapolis 500®. Mishael Abbott is pursuing dual degrees from Florida Atlantic University in elementary education and at the University of Indianapolis in sports marketing. Mishael is seeking sponsorship support to complete the entire 2006 season.


Mishael Abbott Finishes Third on Homestead Road Course

HOMESTEAD, FL (January 17, 2006) – Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL returned to the track for the second weekend in a row for the Florida Region SCCA Frank Meleney and Dick Springer Memorial Winter Nationals and came away with her second straight podium finish.

During Friday’s open testing on Homestead- Miami Speedway's 2.21-mile, 14-turn road course, Mishael hit the wall tearing off the front nose section. Her CDC Builders/Racing for Kids Formula Mazda was repaired in time for Saturday’s qualifying and Mishael secured a fourth place starting position.

For Sunday’s race Mishael Abbott was nearly 1.5 seconds quicker through the infield section but a change in wind direction left her struggling to keep up down the front-straight. Mishael brought home a third place finish for her second podium finish in two races to kick off 2006.

“The car handled great in the infield but I just couldn’t hang with the other cars on the oval,” said Mishael. “I qualified fourth and ended up with my second podium finish in the first two weekends of the year, so I am happy with that.”

Mishael’s upcoming race and on-track activities include several events which are in the planning stage at this time. A trip to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA is next on the calendar with actual racing and dates yet to be determined. Mishael anticipates full participation in the Indy Racing League® Indy Pro Series™ for 2006, final details are in the works.

Mishael Abbott is pursuing her formal education at Florida Atlantic University, working toward an elementary school teaching degree, and at the University of Indianapolis, working on a sports marketing degree. Mishael is seeking sponsorship support to complete the entire 2006 season in one of the premier open-wheeled series’.


Second Place Finish for Mishael Abbott at Sebring

Race Shortened by Accidents

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (January 10, 2006) – Twelve Formula Mazda drivers racing in a combined race group of over seventy-five cars took to Sebring International Raceway’s 3.6 mile long-track for the SCCA Central Florida Region Winter Vacation Nationals on Sunday. Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL started third on the grid in her CDC Builders/Racing for Kids Formula Mazda.

The race was red flagged after the first lap following a thirteen-car wreck in turn 1 with Mishael in fourth place. The scheduled thirteen-lap race resumed nearly an hour later with a side-by-side restart. Mishael worked her way into second place over the next two laps and was gaining on the leader when another major incident developed in turn 17. Mishael navigated her way through the debris before race officials decided to black flag the race giving her a second place finish in the first National race of 2006.

“It was an unusual weekend at Sebring with the cold weather and all the wrecks but it was still a good weekend for us,” Mishael stated afterward. “We learned some valuable things with the shocks and it showed with my best time ever here. I am ready to go to Homestead next week and improve upon my second place finish today.”

Mishael’s next race is this coming weekend at Homestead-Miami, January 14 and 15, 2006, for the Florida Region SCCA Frank Meleney and Dick Springer Memorial Winter Nationals.

Mishael Abbott is pursuing her formal education at Florida Atlantic University, working toward an elementary school teaching degree, and at the University of Indianapolis, working on a sports marketing degree. Mishael is seeking sponsorship support to complete the entire 2006 season in one of the premier open-wheeled series’.


Mishael Abbott Qualifies Third at Sebring

SEBRING, FL (January 7, 2006) – Mishael Abbott of Coral Springs, FL was back at Sebring International Raceway for the SCCA Central Florida Region Winter Vacation National on Saturday. Taking to the Sebring’s 3.6 mile long-track after a day of open practice, Mishael qualified third among twelve Formula Mazda competitors.

“I am excited about how the car is running,” said Mishael. “This is the fastest I have ever gone here at Sebring and I am looking forward to a podium finish tomorrow.”

Mishael will start Sunday’s National race behind two experienced Formula Mazda competitors in what is expected to be an exciting race on another cool day in Central Florida.



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