RC Enerson will make his Verizon IndyCar Series debut with the Dale Coyne Racing team at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio this weekend.
The 19 year old American who has previously won in at the Mid-Ohio circuit in Indy Lights and the USF2000 series joins Conor Daly at the team and will drive the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda.
Enerson conducted a successful test with Dale Coyne Racing at Mid-Ohio last week and speaking ahead of his Verizon IndyCar Series race debut this weekend he commented by saying:
I’m happy to join Dale Coyne Racing this weekend. I didn’t think we’d be able to get a ride in 2016 and to be able to do an IndyCar race before trying to go for a full season next year. So it’s amazing to be able to get that experience now. On top of that, Mid-Ohio is probably the best track for me to move up at because it’s one of my favorites. I’ve always done alright there, coming off a win last year I think it’s a little bit extra motivation.
“I don’t know what it is about the Mid-Ohio track but my driving style fits really well. Every time I’ve raced there, we were always up front. It has elevation changes and the long flowing corners, it’s a fun track.
“I think the test went really well. The biggest thing I need to work on is practicing hitting my marks in the pit stops. That’s kind of tough to do especially in the race when you have all the pressure on you. I think getting comfortable in the car was the biggest thing for me at this test and then getting used to how much more physical it actually is. I can do an Indy Lights race and feel alright but after one day in an Indy car, I did 118 laps, I was really tired, so that was kind of an eye opener too.
“The biggest thing I am most looking forward to is running with some of the guys that I grew up watching. My first Indy 500, I was three years old and you look at all these guys that have been in it for so long like Helio and Tony Kanaan, it’s like wow. You look around the paddock and think you’re going to be racing with those guys. It’s going to be a big step up.
Daly heads to the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course this weekend off the back of a tough race at the Honda Indy Toronto last time out where he qualified for the race in seventh place and was left disappointed as he ended the race in 15th place just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi.
Daly drove the Mid-Ohio circuit for the first last week and speaking ahead of the race this weekend he commented by saying:
This seems to come as a surprise to a lot of people but this will be my first time racing at Mid-Ohio, so it was nice to be able to test there last week. We got through a lot of things that we haven’t been able to get to on a race weekend because they’re big changes that take time, so it’s good to be able to start with more information as we go into the weekend. This will be the first road course/street course that we’ve got to test at and then race at, so that will be really nice.
“I think everyone is going to be so, so close. It’s one of those road courses that people have been driving on for years and it’s been the same for so many years. I think the field is going to be closer than ever which is hard to believe. We just have to do our best to start up front again and try to stay up front this time and get another solid finish under our belt.
“I was really enjoying the track during the test. It’s a very physical place and I’m sure it will be hot this weekend so the physical side will be really tough. The track itself is really fun and it flows together really well. Hopefully we can put on a good race for everyone that comes out.