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Two Podium Finishes for Mishael Abbott at Road America

Took First Ever Pole Position in National Competition

Elkhart Lake, WI (July 30, 2007) – Mishael Abbott welcomed the chance to work double duty again at Road America last weekend and was rewarded with her first career pole position in National competition and two podium finishes racing in both her Formula Mazda and C Sports Racer.

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Mishael was back at Road America for the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) “Scaredy Cat” Nationals, just a month after the annual June Sprints® National Road Racing Championships when she tangled with another competitor and nearly destroyed her Formula Mazda race car.

Thanks to the efforts of her Dad and K-Hill Motorsports, her car was repaired and made race ready for the “Cat” Nationals. Mishael used the Friday test day and Saturday qualifying sessions to adjust the car setup and consistently improve her lap times around the 14-turn road track. By the end of the second qualifying session she was on the pole with the fastest lap time of the day.

Mishael was also racing her C Sports Racer, an Elan DP02, in a separate race group. The gap between race groups was nearly ideal for her and her team to prepare the second car. Driving what is generally considered a handicapped race car when racing in SCCA’s      C Sports Racer classification, Mishael qualified the car third for Sunday’s race.

“To get my first pole in National competition here at Road America means so much to me,” said Mishael. “We have had some bad luck here in the past and really tore up the Formula Mazda at the June Sprints but we kept working and it all came together for us today.”

The C Sports Racer group was the first race for Mishael on Sunday. The entire field got a good start and maintained position for a number of laps. Mishael moved up to second place around mid-race and stayed there through the end to capture her first podium finish of the day.

With Mishael starting in the pole position for the Formula Mazda race Sunday afternoon, the second and third qualifying cars got an unusually fast start heading into turn one. Mishael slotted behind in third and the cars raced nose to tail for the entire 12-lap race on the 4-mile race track. Mishael finished in third place for her second podium finish of the day.

“Thanks so much to my K-Hill Motorsports team for giving me two top cars to drive this weekend,” Mishael said. “Finishing on the podium in both the Formula Mazda and C Sports Racer are awesome results for us this weekend. I can’t wait to get to VIR and build on this.”

Mishael Abbott’s next race is at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) for the Oak Tree Nationals, August 10-12. She will be piloting her C Sports Racer in one of the last National races of the year. In 2004 Mishael recorded her first SCCA National win at the Oak Tree Nationals in her Formula Mazda.


Steady Improvements for Mishael Abbott in her C Sports Racer

Finishes Sixth at June Sprints

Elkhart Lake, WI (June 24, 2007) – Mishael Abbott and her K-Hill Motorsports team made steady improvements to her Elan DP-02 throughout the weekend. After the first day of qualifying Mishael was ninth fastest in the C Sports Racer class at The 52nd Annual Piggly Wiggly June Sprints® National Road Racing Championships. For the early Sunday morning final qualifying session Mishael completed just a couple laps before she noticed brake problems and pulled off the track.

The brakes on Mishael’s car #63 C Sports Racer had overheated and cracked the front rotors. The K-Hill team scrambled to find replacement rotors and install them before her afternoon race.

Mishael wasn’t able to improve her qualifying time in the all-important second session while a few other competitors did. Mishael started the race in eleventh among C Sports Racers and seventeenth in the combined race group of forty-one cars, including cars in three other classes.

A steady move through the field at the 4-mile Road America race track brought Mishael up to as high as fourth place. Suffering from a severe push condition for the final six laps she lost only a couple places to finish sixth in the C Sports Racer class and twelfth overall.

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“For a while we didn’t think I would be able to make the race this afternoon,” said Mishael afterward. “I was already packing the trailer and then had to get back in race mode.  Overall it was a pretty good finish though. We made improvements to the car every time out and with what we learned during the race today, we will be better prepared for the next race. Thanks to my Dad, K-Hill Motorsports and Brad Ellingson with Repcon Media for all their hard work this weekend.”

Mishael is hoping to do some testing in both the Formula Mazda and C Sports Racer cars and will be entering more SCCA races in the coming month.


Mishael Abbott Qualifies Sixth for Formula Mazda Race

Racing Incident Ends her Day Midrace

Elkhart Lake, WI (June 23, 2007) – After two qualifying sessions Mishael Abbott started the Formula Mazda race sixth out of twenty-six other Formula Mazdas at The 52nd Annual Piggly Wiggly June Sprints® National Road Racing Championships. The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) race features a combined group of Formula Mazdas and Formula Fords bringing the total to 42 cars taking the green flag for the start.

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Mishael moved up to fourth from her sixth starting position in the first few turns. She maintained position for the first seven laps around the 4-mile 14-turn road course in beautiful Wisconsin.

Upon a race restart after a full-course yellow, Mishael made a pass for third place. While battling for position a couple turns later she tangled with another competitor and found herself upside down, stuck in the turn three gravel trap.

Mishael was not hurt in the incident but fuel was seeping into the cockpit while she waited for corner workers to help her out of the car. When the car was returned to her trailer it had rear suspension damage, the undertray was wadded up and it was full of gravel,

“I was upset at first but it was really just a racing incident,” Mishael said. “I am now more disappointed because I was in third place and in sight of my first podium finish at Road America. Tomorrow I’ll have another shot at it and we’ll be back again next year.”

Final qualifying for the C Sports Racer class is Sunday morning at 8:40a.m. with the race about 2:15p.m. Sunday afternoon.


Mishael Abbott Doubles her Chances at June Sprints

Will Race in Both Formula Mazda and C Sports Racer Classes

INDIANAPOLIS (June 21, 2007) – Mishael Abbott returns to Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) racing this weekend hoping to grab double wins at The 52nd Annual Piggly Wiggly June Sprints® National Road Racing Championships. Mishael will be racing in both Formula Mazda and C Sports Racer classes in the first leg of the prestigious Triple Crown of SCCA racing.

“I have really been looking forward to being back at Road America for the June Sprints,” said Mishael Abbott. “This year I’ll be driving both my cars at one of my all-time favorite tracks.”

Mishael will be asking for some advice from her father, Paul, in hopes of garnering some of the same success he enjoyed when racing at Road America in the 1980’s. Paul Abbott recorded at number of wins at Road America, including top finishes at the June Sprints competing in Formula Continental and C Sports Racer classes.

A second generation racer, Mishael is looking to make history at the June Sprints with double wins and at the same time secure Road America bragging rights from her father. She won the Chicago Indoor Racing Hard Charger Award for improving the most race positions at the 2004 June Sprints.

“Racing in both Formula Mazda and C Sports Racer classes will give me twice the seat time this weekend,” Mishael said. “Our race groups are scheduled such that I won’t be rushing out of one car and into the other. It will be a lot of fun!”

Open practice for all classes begins on Thursday with the Formula Mazda race on Saturday afternoon, June 23 and the C Sports Racer race on Sunday afternoon, June 24.

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

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Driver: Mishael Abbott

Team: Team 36 Racing

Sponsor: Skyline Management, www.mishaelabbott.com

Event: 52nd Annual Piggly Wiggly June Sprints® National Championship Road Races

Where: Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI

Formula Mazda: Car # 36, purple and black

Practice: Friday, June 22, 8:40 a.m.

Qualifying: Friday, June 22, 3:20 p.m. and Saturday, June 23, 8:40 a.m.

Race: Saturday, June 23, approximately 3:45 p.m.

C Sports Racer: Car # 63, blue and white

Practice: Friday, June 22, 12:40 a.m.

Qualifying: Saturday, June 23, 10:50 a.m. and Sunday, June 24, 8:40 a.m.

Race: Sunday, June 24, approximately 2:15 p.m.

* All Times CDT

 


Mixed Results for Mishael Abbott and B-K Motorsports in Utah

TOOELE, UT (May 19, 2007) – The weekend for the B-K Motorsports Lites team at Miller Motorsports Park for Rounds 3 & 4 of the 2007 IMSA Lites Presented by Hankook season provided the ups and downs that are inherent in racing. Mishael Abbott had bad luck most of the weekend that included a crash in practice and a continuing struggle with her gearbox and shifting. Her teammate, Gerardo Bonilla, was strong at every session, taking his third straight IMSA Lites 1 win in Race 1 on Friday but suffering a blown engine in Race 2 on Saturday morning.

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“This was a difficult and disappointing week for me at Miller Motorsports Park,” Mishael Abbott said. “They have a wonderful facility and a challenging track that suits my driving style. I am definitely looking forward to returning here.”

Mishael’s crash in Thursday afternoon’s practice session sent her straight into the barrier at about 115 mph. Fortunately the air cushions placed in front of the guardrail at Miller Motorsports Park did their job wonderfully and Mishael immerged unhurt and the car sustained only nose and bodywork damage. The B-K Motorsports crew did a great job that night getting everything back together on her Mazda-powered, Elan DP02 for Friday morning’s qualifying session.

Qualifying was incident free for the 30-minute session but wasn’t everything Mishael had hoped for. She encountered shifting and computer management problems but still she chipped away at her lap times and posted her best time of 2:49.204 (95.445 mph) for the week in the final qualifying lap around the 4.486 mile track.

Race 1 was Friday afternoon with Mishael starting in eighth position among IMSA Lites 1 cars. At the start of the race she immediately noticed gearbox problems coming down the front straight for the green flag. She seemed to be missing fourth gear and was getting neutral during shifting. In fear of doing further damage to the gearbox and engine she pulled into the pit on the third lap.

Qualifying for Race 2 was based on the best lap times from yesterday's Race 1. With only two scored laps in the race because of the shifting problems, her best time was down from what it should have been. She was positioned 10th in the Lites 1 class and 18th overall among the combined group of Lites 1, 2 & 3.

The car performed better for Mishael in Race 2 but she still had downshifting difficulties. She moved up to 8th in class and also 8th overall. It was a very good move through the field that sported a bunch of passing and at times some exciting back and forth battles. Mishael had gained ten positions on the field during the 30-minute race and given just one more lap she was posed to move up one more position.

Unfortunately Gerardo Bonilla suffered a blown engine and completed only two laps. He started 2nd and was sitting in 3rd when his engine let go. It happened just at the approach to the pits so he was able to get off the track and into the pits where they put out the ensuing fire. He had an excellent run of three wins in a row but the streak and spray of champagne ended today for Gerardo and B-K Motorsports.

“Racing has it's ups and downs and fortunes and misfortunes,” said Mishael Abbott. “This weekend was more on the downside for me but we showed in the second race that there are good days ahead. I have all the confidence in my B-K Motorsports team and we will be strong at Lime Rock Park.”

Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2007 IMSA Lites Presented by Hankook (www.imsaracing.net) is scheduled for July 6 and 7, 2007 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut for the New England Grand Prix.


IMSA Lites 1 Season Continues in Utah for Mishael Abbott

Rounds Three and Four at Miller Motorsports Park

INDIANAPOLIS (May 14, 2007) – Mishael Abbott and the rest of the 2007 IMSA Lites Presented by Hankook competitors head to Utah for the third and fourth rounds after a two month break in the schedule since the season opener in Sebring, FL. She will race her #63 B-K Motorsports prepared Elan DP02 at Miller Motorsports Park next week in the IMSA Lites 1 Championship.

Mishael has never raced at the very demanding Miller Motorsports Park before. She has been spending a significant amount of time watching in-car video from the new track since her last race at Sebring. Mishael has also spent numerous hours talking with her teammate, Gerardo Bonilla, about the intricacies and preferred lines around the 23-turn road track.

Rounds Three and Four of the IMSA Lites 1 Championship (www.imsaracing.net) are set for Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 as support for the American Le Mans Series Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah (approximately 30 minutes west of Salt Lake City).

“Miller Motorsports Park is a new track and one where I have never been which makes it just that much more exciting for me,” said Mishael Abbott. “It is a challenging track but I have spent many hours watching in-car film and talking to my teammate and drivers such as Tomas Enge about the track. I hope this week at Miller (Motorsports Park) will be a turn around for us from Sebring and I can make a strong appearance on the podium.”

Mishael Abbott has teamed with B-K Motorsports and continues her association with Mazda. Her Lites 1 car #63 is powered by a Mazda MP2 2.3 liter engine supplied and sealed by Elan Power Products. Her teammate, Gerardo Bonilla, is coming off two wins at the opening races at Sebring. Both drivers are looking to be on the podium together at Miller Motorsports Park.

“After the success the B-K Motorsports team had at Sebring, I am even more excited about going to Miller Motorsports Park,” said Mishael.

“We learned a bit about the car last weekend at Blackhawk Farms and now we have a more defined direction to go at Miller Motorsports Park,” said Steve Levinsohn, B-K Motorsports Lites Team Manager. “It was good getting Mishael a fair amount of seat time (at Blackhawk Farms). We are looking for some good results in Utah.”

The IMSA Lites Presented by Hankook, began its first season in 2006 and is seeing tremendous growth. Now divided in three class, the Lites 1 class is the top class featuring the carbon fiber composite monocoque Elan DP02, designed and produced by Elan Motorsports Technologies, the group that designed and produced the next generation Champ Car, DP01.

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Driver: Mishael Abbott

Team: B-K Motorsports

Event: Utah Grand Prix

IMSA Lites 1: Car # 63

Race #1: Friday, May 18, 6:30 p.m., Miller Motorsports Park (UT)

Race #2: Saturday, May 19, 8:15 a.m., Miller Motorsports Park (UT)

Qualifying: Friday, 8:45 a.m.

Practice: Thursday, May 17, 8:00 a.m and 1:30 p.m

Testing: Wednesday, May 16

* All Times MDT

 


Broken Suspension Knocks out Mishael Abbott at Sebring

 

SEBRING, FL (March 16, 2007) – Race 2 at Sebring International Raceway didn’t go as Mishael Abbott had hoped. A broken suspension took Mishael out of the race on the first lap, making the rest of the 2007 IMSA Lites Presented by Hankook season an uphill battle for her in the IMSA Lites 1 Championship.

Mishael Abbott stepped up to fifth on the starting grid in her B-K Motorsports, Mazda powered, Elan DP02 when the car that was to start in front of her didn’t make it to the pre-race lineup. Afternoon rains delayed the race schedule about an hour and left a wet track for the start. Although the rain had stopped, all competitors started on rain tires for the 30-minute race.

The race began under standing yellow-flag conditions for the first three laps. Heading into turn 7 during the first lap on the 3.7-mile road course at Sebring, Mishael felt something and then realized her left front suspension had collapsed. She spun and stopped in the middle of the turn, almost taking out the car behind her. She got the car re-fired but just pulled it off the track, ending her day early. The culprit was a sheared-off bolt in the lower front suspension.

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“It was just one of those things that happen in racing,” said Mishael Abbott. “I really think that if I could have been out there running, (teammate) Gerardo (Bonilla) and I could have been on the podium together.”

Mishael officially finished eleventh in Friday’s race placing her fourth in the standings for the IMSA Lites 1 Championship. It was a mixed day for B-K Motorsports. Gerardo Bonilla won for the second day in a row but Kurt Roehrig was involved in a crash on lap 6 and finished tenth.

“I am looking forward to testing and working with the B-K Motorsports team this season,” Mishael said. “We have a great team and will tough to beat in the next two races in Utah.”

Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2007 IMSA Lites Presented by Hankook (www.imsaracing.net) is scheduled for May 18 and 19, 2007 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah for the Utah Grand Prix.


Fifth Place Finish for Mishael Abbott in Race 1 at Sebring

All Three B-K Motorsports Cars Finish in Top 6

 

SEBRING, FL (March 15, 2007) – The 2007 IMSA Lites Presented by Hankook race season started today with Mishael Abbott and her B-K Motorsports team chasing the IMSA Lites 1 Championship.

Mishael Abbott started ninth on the grid in the IMSA Lites 1 class in her B-K Motorsports, Mazda powered, Elan DP02 at Sebring International Raceway this afternoon. Her qualifying session the day before was shortened with a flat tire and a high oil temperature alarm.

Mishael was moving up through the field in the opening laps before a crash in turn 17 resulted in a full-course caution. She weaved through the debris field and closed up to the lead pack. After an extended caution period the field went back to green, but only a lap before another incident brought out a second full-course caution.

The race ended at the 30-minute time limit under full-course yellow with Mishael in fifth place. She was hoping for another restart and the chance to improve a few more positions with a final race lap.

“It has been a stressful weekend but we moved up to fifth even with so few race laps,” Mishael Abbott said. “My Mazda motor performed just awesome today. I really love my B-K Motorsports team. They worked so hard this week and it really showed. I hope tomorrow will be even better for us.”

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It was a banner day for B-K Motorsports. Mishael’s teammate Gerardo Bonilla won the race and Kurt Roehrig finished sixth.

"What a debut for B-K Motorsports, Mazda and Bob Bach,” said Steve Levinsohn, B-K Motorsports Lites Team Manager. “Just an incredible effort by everyone on the team. Gerardo and Mishael are going to be the formidable duo out there this season. They are just working so well together. The fruits of our labor paid off in the best way with all three cars in the top six – it’s just amazing!

The second of two IMSA Lites races supporting the American Le Mans Series 55th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (www.imsaracing.net) is Friday, March 16, at 4:05 p.m.

Mishael Abbott finished first among DP02 cars this January at the SCCA Winter Vacation Nationals at Sebring and has first place and podium finishes in her Formula Mazda there. Mishael even set the course record in a professional shifter-kart in April 1999.


Mishael Abbott Is Ready for Start of IMSA Lites 1 Season

First Two Races in Conjunction with 12 Hours of Sebring

INDIANAPOLIS (March 9, 2007) – The 2007 IMSA Lites Presented by Hankook season is about to begin and Mishael Abbott is ready to go. She will debut her B-K Motorsports prepared Elan DP02 at Sebring International Raceway next week in the IMSA Lites 1 Championship.

Mishael is definitely familiar with the Sebring 12 hour track. She finished first among DP02 cars this January at the SCCA Winter Vacation Nationals at Sebring and has first place and podium finishes in her Formula Mazda. Mishael even set the course record in a professional shifter-kart in April 1999.

The first two races of the IMSA Lites 1 Championship are set for Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16 as support for the American Le Mans Series 55th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (www.imsaracing.net).

“I am looking forward to being back at the race track and beginning the run for the Championship,” Mishael Abbott said. “Sebring is a challenging track but it is a place where I have had success. I hope to continue that success with podium finishes in these opening two races.”

Mishael Abbott has teamed with B-K Motorsports and continues her association with Mazda. Her Lites 1 car #63 is powered by a Mazda MP2 2.3 liter engine supplied and sealed by Elan Power Products. In the American Le Mans Series P2 Championship, B-K Motorsports and MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development will debut with two all-new features: the Mazda MZR-R engine and purpose built Lola B07/40 chassis during the Twelve Hours of Sebring.

“I am super excited about the upcoming season and working with B-K Motorsports,” said Mishael. “They are an awesome organization and we can go a long way together.”

“We are very excited to have Mishael running with us,” said Steve Levinsohn, B-K Motorsports Lites Team Manager. “I can tell you that after working with her at the Sebring Winter National, I am very impressed with her dedication and work ethic. I'm looking to have Mishael on the podium this season and will be satisfied with nothing less.”

The IMSA Lites Presented by Hankook, began its first season in 2006 and is seeing tremendous growth. Now divided in three class, the Lites 1 class features the carbon fiber composite monocoque Elan DP02, designed and produced by Elan Motorsports Technologies, the group that designed and produced the next generation Champ Car, DP01.

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

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Driver: Mishael Abbott

Team: B-K Motorsports

Event: 55th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

IMSA Lites 1: Car # 63

Race #1: Thursday, March 15, 2:35 p.m., Sebring International Raceway (FL)

Race #2: Friday, March 16, 4:00 p.m., Sebring International Raceway (FL)

Practice Schedule: Tuesday, 8:35 a.m. and Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.

Qualifying: Wednesday, 4:05 p.m.

* All Times EDT

 


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.


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