Just a month after Rinus VeeKay’s dominant display at Laguna Seca to cap off the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires season, the 19-year old will again have an opportunity to sample Indy car machinery. The Dutchman will get a second test outing with Ed Carpenter Racing, this time at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on October 15th.
“I’m really honored that the team has invited me to test again,” commented VeeKay, who scored six wins during his rookie Indy Lights campaign. “It’s a great opportunity to show what I’m capable. I learned so much during the first test in Portland and I’m excited to build on that at Mid-Ohio, a track I absolutely love.”Rinus Veekay
Thanks to his results on the Road to Indy in recent years and an impressive Indy Lights campaign, VeeKay was initially offered a test with Ed Carpenter Racing at Portland International Raceway in early August. Still only 18 years old, VeeKay from Hoofddorp, Netherlands, impressed in the NTT IndyCar Series car, setting a pace on-par or better than several experienced Indy car drivers.
The Dutchman’s second Indy car outing will take place on October 15th at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio; a 2.258-mile, 13-turn technical road course where VeeKay claimed two podium finishes in this year’s Indy Lights races and two race wins in his 2018 Indy Pro 2000 title-winning campaign.
“It means a lot that a team as highly regarded as Ed Carpenter Racing has invited me back for a second test,” said an excited VeeKay. “The testing opportunities in the NTT IndyCar Series are very limited, so when you’re invited for a test, that’s a real sign of confidence.”Rinus Veekay
VeeKay has made an impression on every step of the motorsports ladder he has taken to. From his early days in American and European karting to an initial Road to Indy foray in USF2000, the youngster has made a name for himself as a rising star. In his maiden open-wheel season, VeeKay finished runner-up in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and claimed the Indy Pro 2000 Championship crown as a rookie the following year. With a Mazda career advancement scholarship, VeeKay moved up to Indy Lights in 2019 and scored six wins and 14 podiums en route to second place in the championship.
The TeamNL driver is now aiming for an opportunity in the NTT IndyCar Series for 2020, which includes the world’s largest one-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500. VeeKay hopes his 16 race wins and 36 podiums in 48 races on the Road to Indy ladder system will stand him in good stead for a bright future in the NTT IndyCar Series.
This season, Rinus VeeKay has been supported by Jumbo, La Place, Mazda Motorsports USA, Oger, Gullwing Racing Insurance, The Challenge Sports & Health Club Curaçao and the TeamNL/KNAF Talent First program.
*** – Rinus VeeKay Public Relations / Photo Credit: IndyCar Media