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Team E finds victory lane in short period of time
June 10, 2008

By Arni Sribhen
indycar.com

On Dec. 10, 2007, Neil Enerson's Team E took delivery of its transporter the next day, the team took deliver of its first Firestone Indy Lights Dallara chassis. Just seven month later, Enerson's team is already a race winner.

Enerson and driver Bobby Wilson celebrated their first victory together on June 1 when Wilson dominated the Milwaukee 100 at the Milwaukee Mile. They also took the lead in the chase for the $5,000 Mesco Building Products Building for the Future New Team Award.


"We had a rough start to the season," Enerson said. "For a new team to win a race means something, especially the way the series is today. There is unbelievable competition in this series and to beat the Andretti Greens and Sam Schmidt Motorsports is no small task."

Enerson met Wilson through his 10-year-old son, RC, a budding go-kart racer whose career has been guided by Wilson, a former national karting champion. The two formed a plan to build a race team around the Wisconsin native, who now lives in New Port Richey, Fla.

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Marco Andretti Charcoal Tee; 2-Sided. The result is more like a second family for Wilson. In fact when it came time to pick a number for the new team, they combined their numbers from 2007 (Wilson ran No. 1, the younger Enerson ran No. 7) and came up with 17.

"I'm glad to be part of Team E," Wilson said. "I'm not just a driver. I'm not just not an arrive-and-drive guy. I'm not like everybody else. I'm part of that program for years to come whether I move up or not. It's a comfortable feeling sitting there and I'm always going to be part of it."

Wilson has been an integral part of the team. Team manager Doug Hoy worked with Wilson to assemble the team's crew, many of whom came from other teams because they believde in Wilson and wanted to continue to work with the driver.

"Bobby showed a lot of maturity," Enerson said. "The team has come together and we hope to keep it together for a long time."