PLAINFIELD, Ill. — Dale Coyne Racing has announced the addition of R.C. Enerson to the team, with the 19-year-old making his Verizon IndyCar Series debut this weekend during the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Following a one-day test at Mid-Ohio last week, Enerson was confirmed by team owner Dale Coyne on Tuesday as the driver of the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America car for the Mid-Ohio round.
The Indy Lights graduate will be joining fellow American and full-time DCR driver Conor Daly on the team’s two-car roster.
“I’m happy to join Dale Coyne Racing this weekend,” Enerson said of the opportunity. “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, it’s a big deal. 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, and coming off a win last year … I think it’s a little bit of extra motivation.”
Contrary to Daly, who turned his first laps ever at Mid-Ohio at the test last week, Enerson has previous racing experience at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course. The 19-year-old has won at Mid-Ohio in both USF2000 and Indy Lights, which was also his first win in that series.
“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 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, but I’m pumped for the opportunity.”
CREDIT: Dale Coyne Racing