VeeKay Secures Double Podium Finish at Mid-Ohio
 July 28, 2019| 
  • Team News
VeeKay MO 2019
LEXINGTON, Ohio – Rinus VeeKay arrived at the historic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course determined to make up ground in the 2019 Indy Lights Presented By Cooper Tires Championship. Fresh off the back of the talented Dutchman’s NTT IndyCar Series test announcement with Ed Carpenter Racing, the focus is now firmly back on his full season Road to Indy campaign with Juncos Racing.

After a successful official practice outing where VeeKay topped the charts, a geometry issue in first qualifying compromised his starting position for Round 12. This didn’t deter the 2018 Indy Pro 2000 Champion, however, as he made a storming start, producing fast and consistent lap times throughout the encounter and ended up finishing the race in the third position, right on the gearbox of Ryan Norman. Thanks to his efforts, the Mazda Motorsports driver earned a third Tilton Hard Charger Award of the season.

“Race One began after the Stadium trucks and obviously they don’t run our line, so instead of keeping it clean or putting rubber down, they put dirt down” commented VeeKay. "I struggled a bit with cold tires but by the fourth or fifth lap I could really go. I had a good fight with Megennis; I had push-to-pass and he wasn’t close enough to use it. He tried to put meon the grass, but I saw it coming, backed off and did it over again the next lap. Once I got by, the team told me ‘you can still do it’ but I was too far from Ryan; I needed two more laps. But it was a good recovery from my qualifying position."

Sunny skies once again greeted the drivers and teams on Sunday morning, where VeeKay would line-up second on the grid for Round 13 of the Championship. VeeKay maintained his position on the initial start, but after a brief caution period, he was unable to hold-off a spirited Toby Sowery at the re-start as he battled oversteer on his car. As the race settled into a rhythm, so did VeeKay and in the closing stages, he was able to close right up on Sowery with the firm intention of regaining second position. Despite his best efforts, it was not in the cards for VeeKay as he ran out of laps to get the move completed and therefore had to settle for third, securing a second podium finish of the weekend in the process.

“Race Two was a tough race. I started second and really struggled with oversteer in the first few laps. I dropped to third and tried to go for a pass to second but unfortunately did not have the speed. Overall, I achieved another podium at Mid-Ohio,and we move onto the next weekend!”

Next up for the Mazda Motorsports driver, who also enjoys support from JUMBO, La Place, Team Netherlands/KNAFTalent and Gullwing Racing Insurance, is the NTT IndyCar Series test with Ed Carpenter Racing at Portland International Raceway on August 7 .VeeKay’s Indy Lights Championship battle will resume on August 24 at Gateway Motorsports Park, a track at which he dominated at in 2018 on his way to the Indy Pro 2000 Championship.Fans can watch the action live on NBC Sports Gold.


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