Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay says the team’s aim this weekend for the Children’s Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park is to make it into the Firestone Fast Six in qualifying.
Speaking to Paddock Eye during a media conference call, VeeKay said that he feels that the team will be competitive this weekend at a track where last year he finished the race on the podium in third place, and this is something that he hopes he can repeat this weekend having claimed pole position for the race last year.
We asked VeeKay about the track, and he said that it suits his driving style but that you have to get everything right and have the car compete at the front, and that is what he is hoping they will be able to do this weekend. He also hopes it gives them a good platform for May and the rest of the season.
Speaking about 100 Days To Indy, he believes that IndyCar needs to catch up with the marketing that Formula One has done but that he hopes that the series that premiers on Thursday will attract new, younger fans to the series and that he believes that it will go down well with the series.
Speaking about his 50th race and his development, he said he had learned a lot compared to three years ago when he was known as the Wild Bore, and he says he is more responsible and not making as many mistakes.
The Dutch driver told Paddock Eye that with the test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this week even though it was only one day instead of the two scheduled test was beneficial.