Ed Carpenter Racing keeps building more and more for what could be a nice push towards the middle part of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR Series season. It all started with Rinus VeeKay’s 6th place result in the season opener on the streets of St. Pete. He then was 10th in Texas and 2 races later not only scored the pole at Barber but also led the most laps in a race that he should have honestly won. Instead, he still finished 3rd and took a ton of momentum into the Month of May in Indianapolis.
That’s where his momentum was halted a bit but Conor Daly’s rose. VeeKay was only 23rd in the GMR Grand Prix and despite starting 3rd for the Indy 500, he crashed and was last (33rd) in the race dropping him down to 13th in points.
Daly meanwhile had a strong three weeks at Indy in scoring a fifth place result in the GMR Grand Prix and 6th in last Sunday’s 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500. He enters Belle Isle 12th in points.
Last year, VeeKay finished 2nd in Race 1 on the 2.35-mile street course and both he and Daly expect to hopefully get both in the top 10 for Sunday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix (3 p.m. ET, USA, INDYCAR Radio Network).
“Detroit is still one of the best street courses on our schedule,” Daly said. “It’s a classic venue and the home of Chevrolet as well. Having scored a podium there in the past, the goal is to do that again. We’re on a great streak of momentum right now and I don’t see any reason why we won’t be able to continue that. I’m very excited with the good points we’ve gotten recently and our movement up in the championship standings and ready to get going again.”
Daly has competed in four NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheaders in the streets of Belle Isle and will make his 9th start in the one free-standing Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix this weekend. The street course is home to his best NTT INDYCAR SERIES finish to date as the first of 2016 races awarded him a second place finish.
VeeKay had never driven on the streets of Belle Isle in any series until the opening NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice last year. Less than 24 hours later, his first race in Detroit ended with a podium finish as he took the checkered flag in the second position. Though the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix is only one race in 2022, it has historically been a double-header. In the second of the two races in 2021, VeeKay qualified 3rd.
“I am very excited to go to Detroit,” VeeKay said. W”e had a really good year there last year, finished second in the first race and qualifying third for Race 2. I think we can do that again, or even be one step higher on the podium! We have a very good car and I believe we put the Month of May behind us. We’ll work hard on the next few races, which are very important.”