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RC Enerson, a 19-year-old American Indy Lights Series driver from New Port Richey, Florida, is confirmed to be the driver of Dale Coyne’s no. 19 Honda-powered car for the remaining two races of this Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Enerson sits 14th in this year’s Indy Lights standings, but that is because he has not raced since the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway back at the end of this past May. Instead, he has focused on landing a ride in an IndyCar, and that wait paid off when he drove in his series debut on Sunday, July 31st at the Honda Indy 200 in Lexington, Ohio for Dale Coyne Racing.
Enerson’s IndyCar debut looked like it was going to turn out really well, as pit strategy had put him inside the top 7 for a good portion of the race, but an issue in the pits ended up causing him to lose a lap and finish in 19th place after starting in 18th.
Last season, Enerson finished 4th in the Indy Lights championship standings after scoring 10 top 5 finishes, 5 podium finishes, and 1 win in 16 races. That lone victory came at Mid-Ohio, which is the site of Enerson’s only other start in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
That win a year ago at Mid-Ohio should give the rookie some much-needed confidence as he climbs into the cockpit of an IndyCar for just his 2nd and 3rd ever series races. Watkins Glen and Sonoma are both natural terrain road courses, much like Mid-Ohio, so having an Indy Lights victory at Mid-Ohio and having an IndyCar race under his belt there, that win should really play huge dividends in his confidence level as he gets read to battle head-to-head with some of the legends of the sport like Scott Dixon, a 4-time IndyCar champion, Helio Castroneves, a 3-time Indianapolis 500 champion, and Juan Pablo Montoya, a world-known driver who has won in every series he has driven in.
The IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen, which is at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York, is this Sunday, September 4th, at 2:37 PM ET, and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network starting at 2:00 PM ET. The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, which is the final race of this year’s Verizon IndyCar Series season, is at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California on Sunday, September 18th, at 6:50 PM ET, and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network starting at 6:30 PM ET.