Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus Veekay in the No.21 Sonax Autogeek Chevrolet said it was a crazy race for him as he recovered from the first lap mayhem at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday to finish the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season opening Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in sixth place.

Speaking following the action the Dutch driver said:

It was a crazy race here in Barber! I got into a lot of trouble on the first lap, I had a flat tire and ended up all the way in the back. However, the team was awesome at strategy, the car felt awesome and I felt awesome. We had a great race, coming back to P6. We were so close to the Top 5, it was an awesome recovery. All I could wish for today! This is going to be the start of a great season. Happy me!”

Conor Daly in the No.20 U.S Air Force Chevrolet came home in 16th place and speaking following the race he said:

“We had a good start and got into the Top 8. We felt pretty competitive at the beginning, but we just weren’t able to keep the pace we needed to make a two-stop strategy work. We lost a bit of time in the pits, but those things happen. It was disappointing and there are some things I need to figure out with this car, but overall I think we were strong this weekend. We qualified well, which was really nice. Hopefully, we get some good information from today and can be better at St. Pete next week.”

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