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Rinus VeeKay

Driver – #21

Born in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, Rinus van Kalmthout launched his U.S. career in 2017 driving as Rinus VeeKay. After a meteoric rise through the Road to Indy program, VeeKay joined Ed Carpenter Racing and earned the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year title.  By starting 4th in his first Indianapolis 500 last August, he recorded the best qualifying result by a teenager in Indianapolis 500 history and was the fastest rookie in the field. Later in his debut season, he won his first pole position, led the first laps of his Indy car career and earned his first podium finish on the IMS road course. He has returned to ECR for his second year as full-time driver of the team’s No. 21 Chevrolet.

Fast Facts

Birthdate: September 11, 2000
Hometown: Hoofddorp, Netherlands
Residence: Hoofddorp, Netherlands
Ht./Wt.: 6’0″/154

Website: RinusVeeKay.com
Twitter: @rinusveekay
Instagram: @rinusveekay

Starts: 22
Wins: 1
Poles: 1
Top 5 Finishes:
 5
Top 10 Finishes:
 11

Best Start: 1st (IMS Road Course, 2020)
Best Finish: 
1st (IMS Road Course, 2021)

Updated 6-21-21

Career Highlights

NTT IndyCar Series Career History

– 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year, winning the title by merely starting the season finale
– Won first NTT INDYCAR SERIES pole position at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in October, leading his first race and finishing a career-best third place
– Earned best oval finishes of 6th and 4th in a doubleheader at WWT Raceway
– Started 4th in Indianapolis 500, the highest qualifying result by a teenager in ‘500’ history
– Only Chevrolet-powered driver to make the Fast Nine Shootout for the Indianapolis 500 pole position
– Claimed first Top 5 finish in only his second race, finishing 5th at the IMS Road Course in July

Road to the NTT IndyCar Series

– Finished second in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires title chase, with six victories, seven poles and 14 podium finishes
– Won the F3 Asian Winter Series championship with four victories, two pole positions and eight podium finishes in nine races
– Tested an Indy car with Ed Carpenter Racing at Portland International Raceway and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

– Earned the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires title with seven victories, six poles and 10 total podium finishes
– Set four new series track records
– Finished third in the MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship held in the Arabian Gulf states and India, with three victories and 11 podiums in 16 races
– Competed in two BOSSGP FIA International Racing Series Open Class races, with a second-place finish at Monza

– Finished a hard-fought second in his rookie Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship campaign
– Claimed three victories, three new track records and a total of 12 podium finishes out of 14 races
– Was the only USF2000 driver to not finish a race lower than he qualified
– Finished runner-up in the BOSSGP FIA International Racing Series Open Class with five podium finishes in six races and a win in the final race at Imola (Italy)
– Finished third in the MRF Challenge Formula 2000 series, with two victories, seven podium finishes, four pole positions and five fastest laps in 12 races
– Made his Indy Lights debut in the Chris Griffis Memorial Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finishing in the top five in each session and twice posting the fastest lap

– Finished third in the IAME Super X30 Euro Series
– Finished third in the BNL Karting Series Rotax MAX Senior class and fourth in the European Rotax MAX Euro Challenge Senior championship
– Participated in the Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

– Finished second in the European Champion Rotax MAX Senior championship
– Finished second in the Rotax US Open Senior MAX championship and third in the BNL Karting Series Senior class
– Won the MAXSpeed/Mazda Road to Indy Driver Advancement Program, earning a USF2000 test at Circuit of The Americas where he was third overall and the fastest rookie

– Finished third in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy World Championship
– Named a KNAF Talent First selection

Won the Dutch Rotax Max Juniors Karting Championship

– 2013 Dutch Rotax Max Juniors Karting Champion
– Won the 2012 Dutch Rotax Max Minimax Karting Championship
– Earned both the Dutch and Benelux World Formula Karting Championship in 2011
– Claimed the Dutch Winter championship in the Cadet class during the 2009-2010 season

Next Race

August 8, 2021

5:30 p.m. ET

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