VeeKay Maintains Championship Challenge in Toronto
 July 16, 2019| 
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VeeKay TO 2019 Recap

TORONTO - Rinus VeeKay returned to the Streets of Toronto fresh off the back of a dominating showing at the previous round of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship at Road America. The confidence for the young Dutchman was high thanks to last year's clean sweep of the Indy Pro 2000 weekend.

After showing excellent pace in practice, it was clear that VeeKay and championship rival Oliver Askew would be at the front of the field once again, along with recent entrant Aaron Telitz in his Belardi Auto Racing machine. Telitz secured pole position for Round 10 of the championship, the opening race of the weekend, with VeeKay starting alongside him.

After a congested start with plenty of jostling between the narrow walls, VeeKay emerged in third position behind Telitz and Askew. This order remained unchanged for the remainder of the race, with the top-three trading fastest laps throughout the encounter.

Round 11 of the championship held on Sunday morning saw VeeKay start in the second position once again, this time alongside pole sitter Askew. However, it was Telitz who took full advantage at the start and emerged out of Turn One in the lead. Telitz and VeeKay immediately began to pull a gap to Askew in third and the flying Dutchman was showing an appetite for the lead of the race.

On Lap 25, VeeKay drew along the outside of Telitz on the long run down to Turn Three. Telitz, leaving his braking late, was unable to sufficiently slow as VeeKay turned in for the corner and the two drivers unfortunately made contact. Telitz's front wing made contact with VeeKay's right rear, sending him into the tires and in need of a pit stop to carry-out repairs to the Mazda Motorsports backed machine. VeeKay was able to return to the track and finish in ninth position.

"My goal was to pass my fellow championship contender Oliver Askew after the start and that’s what I did. Then halfway through the race, I made a move for the lead and unluckily got hit from the behind which sent me into the barriers. Really unfortunate to lose these important points but there are plenty of races left and I’m incredibly motivated to battle further to win the championship!”

The drama and disappointment of Round 11 has left the Mazda Motorsports driver, who is also supported by JUMBO, La Place, Team Netherlands/KNAFTalent and Gullwing Racing Insurance, 25-points behind Championship leader, Askew. However, with seven rounds remaining in the championship, all is still very much to play for in the race for the 2019 Indy Lights title. The series now moves to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Rounds 12 and 13 of the Championship, July 26-28. Fans can watch the action live on NBC Sports Gold.


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