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Rinus VeeKay
Rinus  VeeKay
Juncos Racing
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Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires
Rinus VeeKay
rank
2
Career stats
Road To Indy
Total Poles
10
Race Wins
13
Birthday
Sep 11, 2000
Website rinusveekay.com
Hometown
Hoofddorp, Netherlands
Residence
Hoofddorp, Netherlands

HOBBIES: Thai boxing, beach tennis and cardio fitness

LOCAL RACE TRACK TIES: I love St. Petersburg the most because the season starts there!

RACING GOAL: To win the NTT IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500

RACING HERO: Max Verstappen and Arie Luyendyk

ONE PERSON I WOULD HAVE MOST LIKED TO MEET: Ayrton Senna

FITNESS: Thai boxing, running, specific cardio and CrossFit training

FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH: IndyCar and Formula 1

FAVORITE SPORTS TO PLAY: Thai boxing, beach tennis and running

TALENTS I WISH I HAD: To understand my car as well as the best engineer in the paddock

FAVORITE PLACE TO VISIT: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

UNUSUAL ROUTINES/HABITS: I always step into my car from the left side

INTERESTING NOTE: I can speak words backwards as fast as forwards (in Dutch) - that’s why they call me Sunir instead of Rinus in Holland!

CAREER STATS

YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2019 Indy Lights 11 3 3 9 11 100 11
2018 Indy Pro 2000 16 7 6 15 15 197 15
2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 14 3 1 13 14 39 14

RAF = Running at Finish

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First Start
March 11, 2017 (St. Petersburg)
First Win
June 23, 2017 (Road America)
First Pole
June 23, 2017 (Road America)

Rinus's Road To Indy

  • 2019
    • Won the F3 Asian Winter Series championship with four victories, two pole positions and eight podium finishes in nine races.
  • 2018
    • Earned the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires title with seven victories, six poles and 10 total podium finishes, setting four new series track records along the way.
    • Finished third in the MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship held in the Arabian Gulf states and India, with three victories and 11 podiums in 16 races.
    • Competed in two BOSSGP FIA International Racing Series Open Class races, with a second-place finish at Monza.
  • 2017
    • Finished a hard-fought second in his rookie Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship campaign
    • Claimed three victories, three new track records and a total of 12 podium finishes out of 14 races
    • Was only USF2000 driver to not finish a race lower than he qualified
    • Finished runner-up in the BOSSGP FIA International Racing Series Open Class with five podium finishes in six races and a win in the final race at Imola (Italy)
    • Finished third in the MRF Challenge Formula 2000 series, with two victories, seven podium finishes, four pole positions and five fastest laps in 12 races
    • Made his Indy Lights debut in the Chris Griffis Memorial Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finishing in the top five in each session and twice posting the fastest lap.
  • 2016
    • Finished third in the IAME Super X30 Euro Series
    • Finished third in the BNL Karting Series Rotax MAX Senior class and fourth in the European Rotax MAX Euro Challenge Senior championship
    • Participated in the Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • 2015
    • Finished second in the Rotax US Open Senior MAX championship and third in the BNL Karting Series Senior class
    • Finished second in the European Champion Rotax MAX Senior championship
    • Won the MAXSpeed/Mazda Road to Indy Driver Advancement Program, earning a USF2000 test at Circuit of The Americas where he was third overall and the fastest Rookie.
  • 2014
    • Finished third in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy World Championship
    • Named a KNAF Talent First selection
  • 2013
    • Won the Dutch Rotax Max Juniors Karting Championship
  • 2012
    • Won the Dutch Rotax Max Minimax Karting Championship
  • 2011
    • Earned both the Dutch and Benelux World Formula Karting Championship
  • Early Years
    • Earned the Dutch Winter championship in the Cadet class for both 2009 and 2010.
Juncos Racing

Championship-winning Road to Indy team Juncos Racing made its NTT IndyCar Series debut in 2017, fielding two cars in the Indianapolis 500.

The team was established by Ricardo Juncos in 1997 as a small formula car race program based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After times became financially tough, Juncos relocated to the United States in 2002 where he worked as a mechanic for a small karting team based in Florida. Juncos was then able to open the doors to his own shop and run in karting series throughout the United States.

In 2009, Juncos Racing entered in the former Star Mazda Championship (now the Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires), where the team had great success in its maiden season, finishing second in the driver’s championship and third in the team championship. The following year, the team captured its first championship in the series with Conor Daly.

Fast forward to 2015, where Juncos Racing had its most successful season capturing the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires driver’s championship with current NTT Indy Car Series driver Spencer Pigot and also claimed the Indy Pro 2000 team championship.

Juncos Racing also captured the 2017 Indy Pro 2000 and Indy Lights championships, as the only team to win both series in the same year in the Road to Indy history. It won the Indy Pro 2000 title, won a race in Indy Lights and competed in 12 NTT IndyCar Series races in 2018.

The mission of Juncos Racing is to develop young drivers from around the world into the next level of their racing careers through the Juncos Racing Driver Development Program. Through this program, the team not only works with drivers on track to improve their skills behind the wheel, but also gives them the tools needed to understand

the engineering and mechanics of the race car. Drivers who have participated in the program and have gone on to compete in the next level include Peter Dempsey, Conor Daly, Connor De Phillippi, Chase Austin, Kyle Kaiser, Nicolas Dapero, Victor Franzoni and Spencer Pigot.

 

Team Website juncosracing.com