IPS: Phoenix: Mishael Abbott preview

Mishael Abbott Runs Sophomore Race at Phoenix in Menards Infiniti Pro Series PHOENIX, AZ (March 16, 2005) -- Mishael Abbott is ready to run in an unexpected opportunity on Saturday, March 19 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) in Avondale,...

Mishael Abbott Runs Sophomore Race at Phoenix in Menards Infiniti Pro Series

PHOENIX, AZ (March 16, 2005) -- Mishael Abbott is ready to run in an unexpected opportunity on Saturday, March 19 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) in Avondale, Arizona. The first female driver to compete in the Indy Racing League® Menards Infiniti Pro Series^Ù will drive the No.91 car in her second race in the series, after finishing eighth at Miami two weeks ago.

"After the Homestead-Miami race, team owners Ron Hemelgarn and Roger Johnson and I debriefed," stated Abbott. "Based on my performance and the response from the fans, they wanted me to add Phoenix to our lineup. I am thrilled with their vote of confidence and look forward to the challenge of the Phoenix 100 one-mile oval."

The Coral Springs, Florida native qualified fourth in her first Menards Infiniti Pro Series race driving No.42, but currently runs the No.91 entry for Hemelgarn Johnson Motorsports. Mishael credits her fast learning to her team.

"I really have a strong team," smiled Mishael Abbott. "We have jelled from the time I showed up at Homestead to do my rookie test. We communicate well together and I believe I can learn a lot from them."

The 23-year-old rookie has been using the time between Miami and Phoenix to mentally prepare. She has spent time on the phone talking with team manager Lee Kunzman and other drivers about that to expect at PIR.

"We're going with the same approach that we used at Miami," said Mishael. "To do our own thing. Our focus is to complete every lap and take it step-by-step, gaining speed as I get more comfortable with the car. Hopefully we will be right there at the end in the hunt for a podium finish."

Menards Infiniti Pro Series is the official support series for the Indy Racing League IndyCarsÒ Series and incubator for the racing stars of tomorrow. Mishael Abbott is pursuing her formal education at Florida Atlantic University, working toward an elementary school teaching degree, and seeking sponsorship support to complete the entire season of Menards Infiniti Pro Series.

-www.mishaelabbott.com

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Series Indy Lights
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