Rinus VeeKay and Oliver Askew who will make their full time debuts in the NTT IndyCar Series in 2020 with Ed Carpenter Racing and Arrow McLaren SP respectively are both recent graduates of the Mazda Road To Indy presented by Cooper Tires.
Speaking about the opportunity he has been given by Ed Carpenter Racing Rnus VeeKay commented saying:
“It’s a dream come true and something we have worked extremely hard for over the last couple of years. “To step up from USF2000 to the NTT IndyCar Series in three years is really special. … The number of available seats in the NTT IndyCar Series is very limited, so it’s a great honor that (Ed Carpenter Racing) has chosen me to join their team.”
Askew went on to say:
“(The NTT IndyCar Series) is what I’ve been working for for my entire career since I started racing when I was seven years old in go-karts. “So it’s a surreal feeling to finally be here. I can’t wait to get to work.
“A couple years ago (the NTT) IndyCar (Series) looked so far away, let alone Indy Lights. So it’s been a whirlwind couple of years. It’s a testament to the people around me for sure I mean starting with Cape Motorsports and USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 and then Andretti Autosport this year in Indy Lights. I’ve been surrounded by a lot of great people and have been given tremendous opportunities. And I’ve just based my success off of a lot of preparation beforehand, before the season, before the races, and I’ve dedicated my life to racing and I’ve sacrificed a lot to get to this point.”
Askew’s new team mate at Arrow McLaren SP Patricio O’Ward has seven NTT IndyCar Series races under his belt and commented saying:
“I think it’s very big, not just for me but for Oliver as well. “We’re just starting our journey into the professional side of this sport and it’s something we have been working towards our whole lives, so I’m very much looking forward to the opportunity.
“I think we’re going to make a really good team. We’re both hungry for all the success. I think at this point both the team and we are growing, we’re starting a new chapter in our careers and I think the sky’s the limit.”
Arrow McLaren SP team co owner Sam Schmidt said:
What we’re seeing recently with the Road to Indy is nothing short of amazing. If you win, you advance. If you win, you advance. “These kids aren’t coming in with three and four and five years of experience. We’re talking 13, 14 years of racing experience and so they’re coming in a lot more advanced than the rookies of days of old.
“So we saw, it’s no shocker, I mean what Colton Herta did this year (two wins and two poles as a rookie) was nothing short of amazing and these guys come from exactly the same background. So a lot of people have said that it’s really risky, it’s a gamble, but we really don’t think it is.”