RC Enerson is ready to get going as he makes his Verizon IndyCar Series debut at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for Dale Coyne Racing.
The nineteen-year-old American becomes the third driver to pilot the #19 machine in 2016 after Luca Filippi and Gabby Chaves, and arrives in IndyCar after withdrawing from his seat in Indy Lights mid-season.
Enerson admitted his concentration was to get a drive in IndyCar in 2017, so feels it is a bonus to be able to make his series debut this weekend to get some much needed race experience.
“I’m happy to join Dale Coyne Racing this weekend,” said Enerson. “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 favourites. 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.
“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 [Castroneves] 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.”