VeeKay finds steady improvement in changes in car setup – Motorsport Week

Rinus VeeKay has had the best start to the season of the young IndyCar career this year, and credit the work done by his Ed Carpenter Racing team to give him cars that drive well week in and week out.

The 21-year-old Dutchman is currently seventh in the championship standings, a product of strong finishes this season that have averaged eighth so far.

His cars roll well off the truck most weekends, and almost every adjustment the ECR crew has made has helped the car even more.

“I think our package to begin with is just better, the setup of the car,” VeeKay said. “We spent a lot of time in the simulator during the off-season to improve and set up the simulator for us based on the simulator I used in St. Petersburg, Long Beach.

“We’ve made a lot of changes to the setup that we also used in Barber. I think their work really pays off, and I feel like every change we make within test sessions or every change we make on the track is like nine out of ten times, it’s an improvement instead of a step back.

“I think the engineers are very concerned about improving the car and finding the right changes.

“I was a little sad after the race that I did not win last weekend [at Barber.] I think we had the chance to, and of course you want to grab it and take it.

“Yeah, due to some bad sleep, but I think at the moment, I’m just extra motivated to go for that win this weekend and defend my win from last year.”

VeeKay enters the GMR Grand Prix as the reigning winner of the spring event, and hopes its fortune will repeat the Indianapolis diving course.