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Rinus VeeKay fighting to become ‘a part of history’ at Indy 500 with Dutchman lauding ‘passionate’ home support

By Anthony Wood,


INDYCAR star Rinus VeeKay has his eyes set on becoming "a part of history" at the 2023 Indy 500.

The 22-year-old Dutchman qualified second for this year's race, narrowly missing out on pole position behind former series champion, Alex Palou.
VeeKay qualified second with an average speed of 234.211mph Credit: AP
He drives the #21 Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing Credit: Reuters

Set to take on the historic raceway on Sunday, May 28, VeeKay is well aware of the history that accompanies this remarkable race.

Speaking to The U.S. Sun, he said that the 500 is rightfully "part of the Triple-Crown."

VeeKay noted that the accompanying reward, the Borg-Warner Trophy, is adorned with the faces of former winners, meaning that "you're forever a part of history which is just amazing."

Thankfully for the fourth-year driver, he will be buoyed by plenty of home support both in Indianapolis and back in the Netherlands.

"IndyCar is booming right now in the Netherlands," VeeKay explained.

"Everyone is talking about it now because of that qualifying."

The 2021 Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course winner said that "all my family is here, my sister is arriving today, and my girlfriend too.

"We've got all the support around here and there's a lot of Dutch fans too who are having a meet and greet today," going on to say that "it's just great to have all the Dutch support."

VeeKay also added that combining his success with that of compatriot and two-time reigning Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen, "the Dutch passion for the sport keeps growing."

And with Verstappen taking on the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend, two-thirds of this year's Triple-Crown could be heading back to the Netherlands in the very near future.

Looking further ahead, VeeKay is steadfast in his desire to "become a legend" in IndyCar.

He explained: "My goal is to be one of the IndyCar Greats and become a legend of the sport here in the United States.

"There's no real focus on getting to F1 right now. I'm happy where I am.

"I love IndyCar and I want to be a constant contender for wins here."
VeeKay is expecting plenty of support from family in Indianapolis Credit: Reuters
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