Juncos Racing’s VeeKay Captures First Indy Lights at St. Pete
 March 10, 2019| 
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St. Petersburg, Fla. – Juncos Racing’s Rinus VeeKay claimed his first victory since moving up to the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires this weekend, in Round 2 of the double header Indy Lights Grand Prix Presented by Cooper Tires.

 The 2019 Indy Lights season opener kicked off Friday March 8th with one practice session followed by qualifying for Round 1 on the 1.8 mile, 14-turn street course. VeeKay (Hoofddorp, Netherlands) driving the No. 21 Mazda/Jumbo Supermarkets/La Place Restaurants/KNAF Talent First car qualified sixth while teammate Dalton Kellett (Toronto, Canada) driving the No. 67 K-Line Insulators USA, Inc car qualified ninth.              

Juncos Racing bounced back to the front of the field during qualifying for Round 2 as VeeKay battled for his first pole. The rookie would have to settle for the second starting position after been forced to bail out on his final two laps due to on track incidents.  Kellett took the 10th starting position for Round 2.

The first race of the weekend concluded the day for the Indy Lights field. Round 1 went caution free for the entire 35 lap race. VeeKay finished moved up to finish fifth and Kellett finished 10th.  

The Indy Lights field put on dramatic race in Round 2 during the final day on the streets of St. Petersburg. The first lap of the race began under caution as the start was waved off and a restart commenced on the second lap. VeeKay, who started second, went to battle for the lead on the first turn and would take away the lead after Turn 2. The rookie maintained his lead and created a comfortable gap throughout the first half of the race. A caution came out with less than 10 laps to go, gave the Indy Lights field a chance to catch up to VeeKay. The rookie was able to hold onto the lead and claim his first win in the Indy Lights series. Kellett finished ninth.

VeeKay has won three of the last four races with Juncos Racing at St. Petersburg including his two victories last year in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

“It was a great weekend at St. Pete,” said VeeKay. “I won my first Indy Lights race and it feels incredible. The second race was full of action from the start, but we were able to stay clean and come through to the end. I want to thank my entire team Juncos Racing for all of their hard work. I want to thank Mazda, and my sponsors Jumbo, La Place, and KNAF Talent First. I also want to thank my family for all of their support.”

Although Kellett’s weekend did not go as planned, the veteran is looking forward to moving on from St. Pete and focusing on Circuit of the Americas.

Teammate Kellett said “This is a tough start to the season. We struggled in both races and keeping a good pace overall. There is some time to be found. I am still getting used to this car and more time in the seat will help us as the season progresses. I am looking forward to getting back on track in a few weeks at COTA.”

Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said, “This was a great way to start the Indy Lights championship. The team has been working very hard during the off season to prepare for this. Rinus did an excellent job all weekend. His focus and passion behind the wheel is key to him succeeding as a rookie in this highly competitive rookie field. Dalton has been working very hard with the team to get adjusted as he was just added to our program two weeks ago. We are looking forward to getting back on track to continue our hunt for the championship at COTA (Circuit of the Americas) in less than two weeks.”

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