Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus Veekay in the No.21 Bitcoin Chevrolet says he feels that the team has given him a car that he can challenge for the victory in Sunday’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
The Dutch driver, in only his second season in the NTT IndyCar Series, took victory in the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indy road course earlier this month starts the race from the front row in third place alongside Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon who starts from pole position.
Speaking ahead of the race on Sunday, Veekay said:
“Very grateful to the team for all the sleepless nights, all the hard work. Definitely also big kudos to Chevy for giving me the great power to bring me to the front row. “I was the fastest teenager in 500 history last year. Now I’m the youngest front row. That’s pretty cool. I think we can definitely go for a 500 win from here.”
Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Sonax Chevrolet starts the race from fourth place and speaking ahead of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing he said:
“Chevy has been a great partner; they give us so many tools and help us thrive. “At the end of the day, we’re happy with where we’re starting the Indy 500.”
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet for Team Penske feels that the team are close to where they were in race time to where they were in 2019 when they won the Indy 500:
“We had an incredible package in ’19, and Chevy power really helped us tremendously all month. We knew we had a shot. “I think this year we’re close to being where we were in ’19, but I think the whole field is a lot closer. I can’t control the others. I can only control myself and my team, and I think we’re doing everything we can to be in the same spot.”