Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus Veekay in the No.21 Sonax Autogeek Chevrolet took victory in the 2020 Rookie of The Year standings in the season ending Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
Speaking following the action, Robert Buckner, IndyCar Programme Director with Chevrolet commented saying:
“On behalf of Chevrolet, congratulations to Rinus VeeKay and Ed Carpenter Racing on winning the 2020 NTT INDYCAR Series Rookie of the Year title. “It was a very challenging year to be a rookie driver in this series.
“Rinus is a standout talent and everyone at Team Chevy has enjoyed watching his confidence grow along with his accomplishments. From being the top Chevrolet qualifier at the Indy 500 to a pole and podium in Race 1 of the INDYCAR Harvest GP weekend, we couldn’t be more proud. Thank you to Rinus, Ed Carpenter, Tim Broyles and everyone at Ed Carpenter Racing for this achievement and your continued partnership.”
Team owner Ed Carpenter commented saying:
“Rinus has really shown a ton of growth this season. His ability to learn on the fly and natural speed makes it clear that his future is bright. It’s only a matter of time before he climbs the top of the podium
Rinus Veekay commented saying:
To step up from USF2000 to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in three years is really special. “It all pays off. Keep pushing and never give up. It’s not always easy, but if you give it everything you have, and if you have the talent, you will get there, in any way possible.”
Veekay went on to say:
“I feel like an entirely different driver than I was at the beginning of the year. “The team has been so patient with me and given me every opportunity to learn as much as possible. I can’t wait to have that same amazing support next year. I am really looking forward to doubling my knowledge and not being a rookie.”
Conor Daly ended the race in 17th place and speaking following the event he commented saying:
“I am definitely guilty of making a big mistake under yellow. Rinus came out of the pits quite quick right in front of us and everyone just stopped all of a sudden around the next corner. When the tires were cold, they were like ice. As soon as they locked up, I had nowhere to go. The U.S. Air Force Chevrolet was really fast, which was good. We made some great progress on the race set up. Even after the contact, the car was still fast so that was really encouraging.”