Schmidt-Peterson Settles Dispute With Enerson

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R.C. Enerson last competed in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2016 at Sonoma Raceway. (IndyCar photo)

INDIANAPOLIS — A legal dispute between Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, former Indy Lights driver R.C. Enerson and his sponsor has been settled, the team confirmed on Wednesday morning.

The settlement came on “mutually acceptable terms,” per a Schmidt Peterson Motorsports press release.

“We are pleased to have this situation behind us,” said SPM co-owner Sam Schmidt. “For the record, the terms of our contract with the Enersons provided for early exit, and that is what happened in this matter. As the terms of the settlement agreement are confidential, we will have no further comment on this matter.”

“R.C. is a talented driver, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future.”

The dispute first broke out following Enerson’s abrupt departure from the team mid-way through his second season, following the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May of 2016.

Widely expected to be a title contender after a debut season that saw him place fourth in points and score a victory at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2015, the then 19-year-old Enerson was instead belabored with a myriad of issues, scoring only three top-five finishes in the first eight races of the 2016 season.

With a struggling record, Enerson took hold of the “early exit” option and joined Dale Coyne Racing for three Verizon IndyCar Series races at Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen Int’l and Sonoma Raceway.

He proceeded to stun all onlookers in those three starts.

Enerson posted the third-fastest lap in-race at Mid-Ohio, coming in as the fastest Honda and only falling to the Penske Chevrolets of Will Power and Simon Pagenaud, then qualified 11th and raced his way to a ninth-place finish at Watkins Glen.

Despite ultimately finishing 19th at both Mid-Ohio and Sonoma, the quick impact of the young Floridian was felt across the board, however opportunities never materialized for Enerson to compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series this past season.

Enerson did, however, make an appearance in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

Sanctioned by the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Enerson co-drove the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Ligier JS P217 Gibson with Mike Guasch, Jose Gutierrez and Tom Kimber-Smith, but electrical issues hampered their run early and they finished 35th overall.

Race Chaser Online managing editor Jacob Seelman contributed material to this staff report.

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