Abel Motorsports, with a shop located less than a mile south of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has confirmed the No. 50 Chevrolet-powered entry in the 107th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge for driver RC Enerson.
Founded in Louisville, Kentucky, Abel Motorsports has been a mainstay of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES ladder system for years, most recently expanding to the INDY NXT by Firestone in 2022.
“We’ve always envisioned the opportunity to enhance our position in the business world by leveraging the unique intersection that racing has with our brand,” said Bill Abel, CEO of Abel Construction Company. “I can’t think of a better way of bringing that to life with our many customers, partners and associates than showcasing what we can do right here at 16th & Georgetown in Speedway. I’m just so thankful of this opportunity.”
Abel Motorsports is comprised of veteran NTT INDYCAR SERIES engineers and crew that began preparing the No. 50 entry for Enerson in early January with a focus on kicking off the Month of May in strong fashion when practice starts Tuesday, May 16.
“It’s going to be a thrill watching RC pilot the No. 50 Chevy around the Speedway, and we believe it sets a very positive tone of what’s to come for Abel Motorsports in the future,” said John Brunner, team manager. “As has been speculated, we are evaluating a full-time entry for the 2024 INDYCAR season, and our group is committed to building the foundation needed for sustainable long-term success in motorsports. A huge thanks to INDYCAR and Chevrolet for their efforts in making this happen."
Enerson, 26, who led the INDY NXT by Firestone oval points during his only season of full-time competition, has made five previous NTT INDYCAR SERIES starts. The Floridian keeps himself race ready as the chief driving instructor for the Lucas Oil School of Racing. He will attempt to make his first start in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
"I can't thank Bill and John enough for this opportunity to be back at the ‘500,’ Enerson said. “In the works for many months, the Abel Motorsports crew is top notch and loaded with experience well beyond my years. I’m honored to carry the banner for the organization during the Month of May, and while it’s going to be a few more weeks until we go on track, I expect we’ll be up to speed quickly at the Speedway. I’m just so looking forward to climbing behind the wheel of an NTT INDYCAR SERIES machine at IMS once again – so cool!"
The Abel Motorsports’ No. 50 Chevrolet is the 34th entry for the Indianapolis 500, assuring bumping for qualifying for the 33 starting spots available for the world’s most prestigious auto race.