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VeeKay to Get Second Test with ECR at Mid-Ohio

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

Rising star Rinus VeeKay of the Netherlands will get a second NTT IndyCar Series test with Ed Carpenter Racing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course October 15.

In August, VeeKay tested for ECR at Portland International Raceway along with Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires champion Oliver Askew, who tested for Chip Ganassi Racing.

VeeKay was able to impress ECR to give him another shot due to his pace being on-par or better than most experienced INDYCAR drivers.

The 19-year-old said he’s looking forward to Tuesday’s test at the 2.258-mile circuit where he finished third in both Indy Lights races and scored two Indy Pro 2000 victories in 2018.

“I’m really honored that the team has invited me to test again,” VeeKay said. “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.”

Additionally, the Dutchman said testing an Indy car is hard to come by and will make the most of his opportunity to see if it’ll get him a step closer of competing in open wheel’s top series in America.

“It means a lot that a team as highly regarded as Ed Carpenter Racing has invited me back for a second test,” VeeKay said. “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.”

This past season VeeKay finished second in the Indy Lights standings, scoring six wins, seven poles and 14 podium finishes. The year prior, he won both the Indy Pro 2000 Championship and the FIA F3 Asian Winter Series title in the same season, making him a top future INDYCAR prospect.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. He's also covered Idaho Athletics and high school football as both a writer and videographer. Additionally, he spent 2017 writing several racing columns as an independent journalist. Luis does video and photography, and is a fan of Seattle sports, a music critic and a motivator who wants to impact people's lives.