Juncos Racing's VeeKay Victorious in Indianapolis
 May 11, 2019| 
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VeeKay Indy Post 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – At the most historic circuit in all of motorsports, 18-year-old Dutchman Rinus VeeKay crossed the iconic yard of bricks with a victory and third-place finish. The Juncos Racing rookie now leads the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship points standings thanks to a dominating performance on Saturday afternoon.
As a preamble to one of the most highly anticipated race weekends of the season, the unusual cool, crisp weather conditions proved to be a challenge for the Indy Lights field. The weekend began positively for VeeKay, with impressive practice and qualifying speeds seeing him secure a spot on the front row for Race One, just 0.0291 behind pole sitter, Robert Megennis.

As the green flag waved, VeeKay encountered heavy wheelspin and instantly slipped back into the pack. After regressing from second to fourth at the first corner, the young Dutchman fought his way past Ryan Norman where he battled to make up for lost speed. The Hoofddorp, Netherlands native settled into a comfortable third-position where he remained all the way to the finish line securing his well-deserved spot on the podium.

On Saturday morning, the Mazda Motorsports driver took advantage of a fresh set of Cooper Tires in the final minutes of qualifying for Race Two and captured pole position, his first in Indy Lights. At the drop of the green flag for the second race of the weekend, VeeKay got off to a flyer and his opening first laps were executed perfectly – defending the inside line into Turns 1 and 7, before stretching away from Zachary Claman and Oliver Askew with ease throughout the 35-lap event. The young Dutchman set the fastest lap of the race and scored a vital championship bonus point on the way to his second win of the season and his 12th on the Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires.
“It feels amazing to get my first win at Indianapolis and I hope it’s the first of many,” said VeeKay. “There’s still one more race this month of May and it’s nice to go into it with the points lead and hopefully win that race as well. We came into this weekend with a fresh mindset and our testing program was successful. We then went into qualifying yesterday and it was tougher than we expected, and yesterday we struggled. Today, we started over again and got the pole and the race win and learned from what we did yesterday. I got better, the team got better, and we all learned from our setbacks and finally got the win!”
The Team Netherlands/KNAF Talent First supported driver now leads the championship, ahead of Askew by one-point as the field prepares for the biggest event of the year, the Freedom 100 Presented by Cooper Tires. The 40-lap event will be aired live on NBCSN in the United States and on the Road To Indy TV app and website for international viewers on May 24.

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