Second Place Finish for Mishael Abbott at Sebring Race Shortened By Accidents SEBRING, FL (January 10, 2006) -- Twelve Formula Mazda drivers racing in a combined race group of over seventy-five cars took to...
Second Place Finish for Mishael Abbott at Sebring
Race Shortened By Accidents
SEBRING, FL (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'.