Ed Carpenter Racing announced today, Sunday ahead of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season ending Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg that Rinus Veekay who will be named 2020 rookie of the year today will remain with the team in 2021.
Veekay made his NTT IndyCar Series debut with ECR in Texas earlier this season and has scored a podium at World Wide Technology Raceway and took pole for that race too.
Speaking about the news, Veekay said:
“I am very happy to be back with Ed Carpenter Racing in 2021! “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 have a great group of guys around me and I can’t wait to have that same amazing support next year.
Team owner Ed Carpenter who shares the No.20 U.S Air Force Chevrolet with Conor Daly commented saying:
The 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES is one that we will never forget. With all the challenges that have been presented, limited track time and schedule changes, we have seen Rinus progress rapidly from the start of the season until now. “It is clear to us that he has all of the tools to be a winner at this level and we look forward to climbing the podium together!”
Veekay went on to say:
“We have had amazing results and great achievements this year. There is even more possible next year when we get back to a normal schedule! I am really looking forward to doubling my knowledge and not being a rookie! However, there will still be a few new tracks for me with the street courses. I will give it my all and make next season as good as possible!”
The Dutch driver who starts today’s 100 lap Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg from ninth place continued:
“I appreciate so much the trust Ed Carpenter, Tony George and Stuart Reed have in me and believing in what I can do. It’s not an easy decision to put someone in a full-time car and I am very happy with the chance they have given me. SONAX, Autogeek, Direct Supply and the entire team has given me their all for the whole season. “I want to thank my personal sponsors Jumbo, La Place, KNAF TeamNL and Basic-Fit; my family; and everyone back home in the Netherlands cheering for me!”