Why Rinus Veekay may be Holland’s next Indy 500 winner

The Jumbo connection

As everyone who has ever attempted a racing career knows, securing solid financing is key in order to progress. You could argue Veekay has been fairly fortunate there: he is the scion of a sizeable and successful car dealership business in the Netherlands (until recently run by his father), which helped his entry into karting. Having said that, numerous youngsters try their hand at karting with some help from the family business, but without any notable success that allows them to carry on their fledgling career.

Coming up: Pro Mazda

So where next for Veekay? Since his debut season in USF 2000 has been so impressive, it is fair to say that he is among the most promising youngsters in the whole Mazda Road To Indy ladder. Granted, his rival Askew is also a USF 2000 rookie and is leading the title battle ahead of Veekay, but is more experienced at age 20. What is clear is that both Askew and Veekay are miles ahead of the competition and show bags of raw speed.

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Jeroen Demmendaal

Jeroen Demmendaal

Dutch motorsports writer for NRC Handelsblad, Champweb, F1 Feeder Series a.o. | Stories in NL&EN | Podcaster at RaceReporter (F1) & Green Green Green! (IndyCar)