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RACE PREVIEW: Road America

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FRIDAY, JUNE 7 – SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2024

EVENT: XPEL Grand Prix
TRACK: Road America
LOCATION: Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA
TRACK LAYOUT: 4-mile, 14-turn road course
RACE LENGTH: 55 Laps/220.55 Miles

PRACTICE: Friday – 3-4:15 p.m. CT (Peacock)
Saturday – 10:10-11:10 a.m. CT (Peacock)
Sunday – 11:15-11:45 a.m. CT (Peacock)
QUALIFYING: Saturday – 2:25-3:55 p.m. CT (Peacock)
RACE: Sunday – 2:30 p.m. CT (NBC)

CHRISTIAN RASMUSSEN, NO. 20 GUYCARE CHEVROLET

CHRISTIAN RASMUSSEN, No. 20 GuyCare Chevrolet: “I’m excited about the progression we’ve made every weekend. I am ready to carry that into Road America where hopefully we can catch a break and have a good result!”

OF NOTE: 

Though a rookie in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Christian Rasmussen is continuing to rack up miles of experience as the Road America race weekend will mark his ninth week in a row of on-track activity. Two weeks ago, he drove from 24th to 12th in the Indianapolis 500 and was the highest finishing rookie in the field. This past weekend in the streets of Detroit, he turned in his best qualifying effort of the season and narrowly missed out on advancing to the second round of qualifications. He was on track for a strong finish before being sidelined with an unexpected engine issue.

• Rasmussen joined Ed Carpenter Racing after winning the 2023 INDY NXT championship. Now 23 years old, he was only nine when he claimed his first karting championship in 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). 

• 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 DIRECT SUPPLY CHEVROLET

RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet: Road America, my favorite track! It is also the home of Direct Supply, which I am very proud to have on my car! It should be a good weekend, we were strong last year and I have a lot of trust in our road course package. I have always loved Road America, it’s so much fun to drive and has such great racing. I would love to make it back to the podium, especially at my favorite track!”

OF NOTE: 

Rinus VeeKay’s last few weeks of on-track activity have included much adversity, but he has shown patience and perseverance of a veteran driver. Just three weeks ago, VeeKay and the No. 21 crew rebounded from a crash in Indianapolis 500 qualifying to earn the 7th starting position. One week later, he raced his way through the entire field after a penalty dropped him to the back. He led eight laps and finished 9th, recording another Top 10 finish in the Indy 500. Last Sunday in the streets of Detroit, VeeKay was battling for 5th when he was spun by another competitor. He dropped to 23rd but gained back nine positions by the checkered flag, despite significant damage to the car.

• 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. 

• This weekend, the No. 21 Chevrolet showcases the blue and white colors of longtime ECR partner Direct Supply. Headquartered in nearby Milwaukee, Direct Supply is committed to enhancing the lives of seniors and those who care for them. Since 1985, the company has helped Senior Living providers create amazing environments, improve care and outcomes, optimize building operations, streamline procurement and more. Direct Supply has been featured on the No. 21 at Road America since the NTT INDYCAR SERIES returned to the track in 2016.

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