SONOMA, CA - AUGUST 22: RC Enerson, driver of the #7 Peninsula Pipeline/Patriot Bank car, celebrates in victory lane after winning the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda Series at Sonoma Raceway on August 22, 2014 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

An 18 month legal battle between a driver and his team has finally come to an end


Former Indy Lights driver RC Enerson's departure from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports led to 18 months of legal battles, but the two sides have finally settled their differences.

Enerson was of the three full-time drivers at SPM in 2016, but he left the team suddenly after the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis. The team and Enerson then began their 18-month legal battle between team owner Sam Schmidt and Enerson's father.

Enerson eventually started racing for Dale Coyne Racing later that year, but he didn't have any full-time spots for the 2017 season.

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Schmidt said in a statement he's happy to have the issue resolved.

"We are pleased to have this situation behind us," Schmidt said via Motorsport. "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.

"RC is a talented driver, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future."

The team also released a statement saying the two sides settled their claims.


"Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and RC Enerson, as well as RC Enerson's former Indy Lights sponsor, Team Enerson Racing, LLC, have settled their claims against each other on mutually acceptable terms."

Both sides are likely very pleased to have the issue resolved so they can both move forward for 2018.