Dutch racing driver Rinus “Vichai” van Calmuthot has extended his contract with Ed Carpenter’s team for several years. The 21-year-old Hofdorber, known in the US as VeeKay, has been driving in the IndyCar series of Ed Carpenter Racing since 2020. Last year, he booked his first and only win so far in the popular American racing class.
“I am very happy to be continuing with this team for what will be my fourth year in the IndyCar series,” said Van Calmuth. “Ed Carpenter has given me this opportunity and ensures that I can always show my talents in this car. We are improving every season and hopefully we can continue to do so in 2023.”
The Dutchman was named the newcomer (rookie) of the year in his first season. Van Calmuth won the GMR Grand Prix last year in Indianapolis. A few weeks later, VeeKay drove the Indy 500 for a while, but finished eighth at the famous Oval in Indianapolis. He dropped out this year, having started from third place just like last year.
Carpenter, who also leads his team, describes the Dutchman as a “very versatile and talented driver”. The Americans hope that VeeKay can win more races and even go to the championship.
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