Ed Carpenter Racing
In late 2011, a new team entered the NTT IndyCar Series. Fresh off his first career win at the season finale at Kentucky Speedway, veteran driver Ed Carpenter announced he would be forming his own team. Ed Carpenter Racing was born with Carpenter himself assuming responsibilities of both owner and driver.
Carpenter drove the entirety of the 2012 and 2013 seasons in his own car. His first win as both owner and driver came at the 2012 season finale at Auto Club Speedway. He then captured podium finishes there the next two years, finishing second and third, respectively. The Indianapolis native solidified his status as hometown favorite when he won the pole position for the 2013 Indianapolis 500, later leading the most laps of any driver during that event.
Next season, at only 19 years of age, Rinus VeeKay from Hoofddorp in the Netherlands will become the youngest Dutchman in history to debut in the NTT IndyCar Series. VeeKay has signed a contract with Ed Carpenter Racing for a full season in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series, which also includes the world famous Indy 500. “It’s a dream come true, but also something we have worked towards in the last couple of years. I feel very honored and I want to thank Ed Carpenter and his partners for this great opportunity and the trust”, said a very happy VeeKay.
Rinus VeeKay attracted the attention of Ed Carpenter Racing with his great performances in the last three years he raced in the Road to Indy categories. It was the reason for the highly regarded NTT IndyCar Series team to invite the 19 year-old Dutchman from Hoofddorp in the Netherlands for two test days. These tests at Portland and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course were decisive for Ed Carpenter Racing. TeamNL driver VeeKay impressed so much with his speed, professional attitude and feedback, that Ed Carpenter Racing immediately showed great interest in signing the young Dutch talent for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series. At only 19 years of age VeeKay is by far the youngest Dutchman in history to make his debut in the NTT IndyCar Series.