By: Tanner Watkins
July 23, 2019 | 1:00 PM
Through 12 rounds of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series championship, Carlin has placed five different drivers in the seat of their cars. The roster – which includes Patricio O’Ward, Max Chilton, Charlie Kimball, Sage Karam and Conor Daly – will grow by one this weekend when the series visits the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
RC Enerson, a former participant in IndyCar, will join Carlin for Sunday’s race in Lexington, Ohio to drive the No. 31 Chevrolet. Enerson will bring sponsorship from the Lucas Oil School of Racing, where he is an instructor.
“We’re excited to have RC Enerson and the Lucas Oil School of Racing on-board this weekend in the No. 31 entry at Mid-Ohio,” said Trevor Carlin, the team principal. “RC really impressed us at Spring Training at COTA at the beginning of the season and we were very hopeful that something could come together at some point that would put him back in the car.
“RC has spent a lot of time with our team this season and he has quite a bit of experience at Mid-Ohio, including an INDYCAR start a few years back, so he should be able to jump right back in and make the transition a smooth one.”
Enerson, 22, made three starts back in 2016 as a driver for Dale Coyne Racing. In his Mid-Ohio debut, the Florida native started 18th and finished 19th. A few races later in that season, Enerson made his second start and picked up a top-10 finish at Watkins Glen. He ended that year with one final start – another 19th-place result, this time at Sonoma.
Despite Enerson’s run with Carlin during spring testing, RC is one of the few drivers in the IndyCar paddock without some sort of prior racing history with the team. While many drivers have learned the Carlin way during Road to Indy competition, Enerson has enjoyed understanding the team through observations this season.
“It’s really great to be back driving with Carlin after completing Spring Training earlier this season with the team. We’ve been working really hard to get something together to get me back in the seat at some point this season and I couldn’t be happier that it’s all come together for Mid-Ohio,” said Enerson in a press release.
“Mid-Ohio has always been one of my favorite tracks on the schedule. I’ve just always loved the elevation changes and all of the high-speed flowing corners. I’m also excited to be able to carry the Lucas Oil School of Racing logo on the No. 31 this weekend. They are the official school of the Road to Indy Series and it’s been so rewarding to share my love of racing and instruct some of the future stars of INDYCAR over the years.
“I know we have some work to do this weekend, but I’m confident that with both my experience and the team’s at Mid-Ohio we can put together a solid result.”
Enerson will be looking to build upon Carlin’s best result of 2019 – an eighth-place finish by O’Ward at Circuit of the Americas in February – when drivers take the green flag for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. The race will be televised nationally by NBC at 3:30 PM Eastern.
Header image by Shawn Gritzmacher/INDYCAR.