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Juncos Gateway recap 2019

Madison, Ill. – Juncos Racing rookie Rinus VeeKay earned his 10th podium of the 2019 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship this weekend on the final oval track of the season at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, while teammate Dalton Kellett finished sixth.

VeeKay continues to sit second in the championship after finishing second in Round 14.

The eighth weekend of the Indy Lights Championship began with one practice followed by qualifying on the 1.25-mile oval track located just outside St. Louis, Missouri. Rinus VeeKay (Hooffdorp, Netherlands) driving the No. 21 Mazda/Jumbo/Juncos Racing car narrowly missed the pole and would qualify second. Teammate Dalton Kellett (Toronto, Canada) driving the No. 67 K-Line Insulators USA/Juncos Racing car qualified sixth.

The short two-day event weekend concluded Saturday afternoon with the 75-lap Cooper Tires Indy Lights Oval Challenge of St. Louis. VeeKay, who started on the front row in second had a strong start and would take the lead from the pole sitter. VeeKay quickly had a comfortable gap from second place until a yellow flag came out with 11 laps complete. The green flag waved again three laps later and VeeKay would continue to hold onto the lead until late in the race with 22 laps to go, the young Netherland would fall to the second position, where he would finish the day. VeeKay’s second place finish gave him his 10th podium of the season. Kellett, who had a battle going throughout the race for fifth finished sixth.

After 14 races VeeKay continues to sit second in the Indy Lights Championship.

“We had a pretty good race going at Gateway this weekend,” said VeeKay. “We had a great start and had a great lead for the first half of the race. The car was really fast, however we just were not able to hold onto it until the end and would have to settle for second. We gave it everything we had and showed be proud of the finish. I know we will give it everything we have this week going into Portland.”

Kellett currently sits seventh in the Indy Lights Championship with four races to go.

“This was a weekend of progression for us,” said Kellett. “After the test we had here a few weeks ago we were not too certain with our pace, but we made some good changes and adjustments in practice. We had a strong qualifying effort. The field is so tight, we were only a couple of tenths off which felt great for the No. 67 K-Line car. We were really racey throughout the race. We seemed to be one of the only cars making the high line work and I had a lot of fun out there racing with the other drivers. We learned a lot of good lessons and will now prepare for this coming weekend in Portland.”

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