Rinus VeeKay is more than eager to return to Road America after being forced to sit out last year’s event. Early in the week of the 2021 race, VeeKay underwent surgery to repair fractured left clavicle sustained in a cycling accident. With the short time between the surgery and the race, he was not medically cleared to participate. Oliver Askew competed at Road America in VeeKay’s place.
“Road America is my favorite track, it’s been two years since I’ve last driven there so I am excited for this weekend,” he said via a team release ahead of this Sunday’s Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, INDYCAR Radio Network). “The track suits my driving style and the team has made huge progress. It should be a good weekend, especially with Direct Supply on the car! I’m really ready to get back on track there with all of my bones in the right place places this year!”
Road America is not only one of VeeKay’s favorite tracks to race on, it is a sentimental favorite as well. After transitioning to the Road to Indy program in 2017, VeeKay earned his first win in the U.S. at Road America. It was also his first victory in an open-wheel car. His first and only NTT INDYCAR SERIES weekend at Road America so far was the 2020 doubleheader.
After qualifying on the pole in Barber and leading the most laps, this is a chance for him to turn his season back around again on a like track. VeeKay went from 3 top 10’s, 2 of which being in the top 6 in the 1st 4 races run which put him 7th in points, to finishes of 23rd, 33rd and 16th respectively the last 3 races to drop him down to 13th.
But maybe all he needs is a reset at Road America. He swept both USF2000 races here in 2017. He was 5th in both races in the Indy Pro 2000 Series a year later. In 2019 he was in Indy Lights and went from 7th on the 1st race to winning Race 2.
That’s 3 wins in 6 Road to Indy starts at Road America with 5 top 5’s.