White House helped Rinus VeeKay to enter America for Indycar debut
Last night (Dutch time) Rinus VeeKay arrived on American soil, just in time to make his Indycar debut coming Saturday. At the Texas Motor Speedway in Forth Worth, the Dutch youngster will race his first oval race for Ed Carpenter Racing.
To enter America in these turbulent times was not easy. Race pilots are not covered by the exception rule for top athletes. So Van Kalmthout had to work strategically.
He traveled to Cancun, Mexico, where he was quarantined for two weeks. Then it was a matter of emailing and calling to get permission to fly to Texas. Even the White House was approached and successfully, as he was given the green light and was delighted to board the plane.
Today, he will join his team Ed Carpenter Racing and on Saturday he can finally make his long-awaited debut in the Indycar Series.
Qualifying is next Saturday at 11 p.m (Dutch time), the oval race at the Texas Motor Speedway starts at 2 a.m.