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RACE PREVIEW: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

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FRIDAY, JULY 5 – SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2024

EVENT: Honda Indy 200
TRACK: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
LOCATION: Lexington, Ohio, USA
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.258-mile, 13-turn natural-terrain road course
RACE LENGTH: 80 Laps/180.64 Miles

PRACTICE: Friday – 3:20-4:35 p.m. ET (Peacock)
Saturday – 10:50-11:50 a.m. ET (Peacock)
Sunday – 10:25-10:55 p.m. ET (Peacock)
QUALIFYING: Saturday – 3-4:30 p.m. ET (Peacock)
RACE: Sunday – 1:30 p.m. ET (NBC)

CHRISTIAN RASMUSSEN, NO. 20 GUYCARE CHEVROLET

CHRISTIAN RASMUSSEN, No. 20 GuyCare Chevrolet: I look forward to what the Mid-Ohio race will bring this year! There will be a lot of changes this weekend with the hybrid getting introduced. It will be interesting to see how that will impact the racing. Other than that, I am excited to see what we can do! We keep getting better each weekend and I think Mid-Ohio could be a great weekend for us. Courtesy INDYCAR Photo

OF NOTE: 

Christian Rasmussen joined Ed Carpenter Racing after winning the 2023 INDY NXT championship. He was only nine when he claimed his first karting championship in his home country of Denmark. Rasmussen arrived in the United States in 2018 and began his road to INDYCAR the following year. He is only the second driver in history earn a championship in each open-wheel junior category that currently feeds the NTT INDYCAR SERIES – USF2000 (2020), USF Pro 2000 (2021) and INDY NXT (2023). He just recently celebrated his birthday, turning 24 last Saturday.

• Rasmussen continues to impress in his debut NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. In his first Indianapolis 500, he drove from 24th to 12th and was the highest finishing rookie in the field. He was on track for strong finishes in Detroit and Road America before facing unfortunate circumstances in both races. In the most recent event at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Rasmussen gained five positions in the first three laps. Despite dropping to 25th after a drive-through penalty, he used three late-race restarts to charge forward and earn his highest finishing position of the season.

• The No. 20 Chevrolet will compete in the colors of GuyCare for the entirety of the 2024 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. GuyCare clinics provide discreet and confidential care, ensuring men’s health and well-being through proven therapeutic interventions and wellness programs. After successfully opening their first clinic in Salt Lake City, GuyCare is now expanding its service offerings nationwide through the launch of a Telemedicine program. Additional clinics will open in select NTT INDYCAR SERIES race markets throughout the 2024 season.

RINUS VEEKAY, NO. 21 CHEVROLET

RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 Chevrolet: I am very excited for racing in the middle of Ohio! It Is cool track and of course it’s the 4th of July weekend so there will be many fans! I have finished 4th there before, so let’s do something like that again and we will all be happy! We are about halfway into the season, so this should be a great turning point to getting strong results and ending the bad luck streak. We have had good road course car all year and it will not be any different in Mid-Ohio! Courtesy INDYCAR Photo

OF NOTE: 

Born in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, Rinus van Kalmthout began karting in 2009 at the age of 8. With sights set firmly on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, he transitioned to the Road to Indy in 2017 and launched his U.S. career driving as Rinus VeeKay. Now in his fifth season in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, VeeKay has stepped into a veteran role as ECR’s senior full-time driver. He has spent his entire career behind the wheel of the No. 21 Chevrolet and is the longest tenured full-time driver in the team’s history. 

• The weekend of Indianapolis 500 qualifications marks VeeKay’s season highlight to date. The driver and his No. 21 crew rebounded from a crash during his first attempt and not being in the 33-car field to advancing the to the second day of qualifying and earning the 7th starting position. The following week, VeeKay raced his way through the entire field to finish 9th after a penalty dropped him to the back. The 23-year-old enters the pre-Olympics stretch of races looking for a change of fortunes after several promising events were complicated by issues outside of his control.

• VeeKay has five previous NTT INDYCAR SERIES starts at Mid-Ohio, including an impressive effort in 2022. Near the midway point of that race, he passed two cars in one corner and one the next lap to climb to 4th. He then held off hard-charging competitors in the final laps to keep the position, which stands as his best result at the track. Last year, a largely uneventful race and limited passing opportunities resulted in a 15th place finish for VeeKay.

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