WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 5 p.m. ET – Interviews w/Rico Abreu, Luke Lambert; Brian Vickers’ return

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Here’s what’s on tap for today’s episode of NASCAR AMERICA at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN. If you can’t watch on TV, then STREAM IT online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra…

  • Chili Bowl champion and future NASCAR K&N East Series driver Rico Abreu will call into the show to talk about his new opportunity in the stock car world…
  • Former Sprint Cup driver Kyle Petty and former Cup crew chief Steve Letarte discuss today’s announcement of Brian Vickers’ return to competition for the third race of the season in Las Vegas. How will Vickers’ latest bout of health issues impact the 2015 season for himself and for Michael Waltrip Racing?
  • Dave Burns visits the Richard Childress Racing shop to speak with Ryan Newman’s crew chief, Luke Lambert, about how they intend to follow up their surprising run last year to second in the Cup standings…
  • Nate Ryan joins the gang to talk about the 2015 rule changes for pit road and how it will impact team strategy…
  • With 32 days to go to the Daytona 500, we’ll look back on Benny Parsons’ drive from 32nd to the win in the 1975 edition of the Great American Race…
  • And as Deflate-Gate rocks the U.S. sports landscape, Kyle and Steve will relive a major NASCAR controversy from not too long ago: Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports’ tire-soaking saga from 1998…

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Rinus VeeKay to drive for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020

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Ed Carpenter Racing has signed 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay to drive the full 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, the team announced Wednesday.

VeeKay will drive the No. 21 Chevrolet previously occupied by Spencer Pigot.

“I’m so happy!” the 19-year-old driver from the Netherlands said in a press release. “It’s a dream come true and something we have worked extremely hard for over the last couple of years. To step up from USF2000 to the NTT IndyCar Series in three years is really special.”

In his maiden Indy Lights season this year, VeeKay collected six race victories and seven pole potions. VeeKay previously won the 2018 Indy Pro 2000 championship, and finished second in the 2017 USF2000 standings.

VeeKay’s success in the ladder series caught the attention of Carpenter, who gave VeeKay the opportunity to first test for the team at Portland International Raceway in August.

“I have been following Rinus’s path through the Road to Indy, especially the past two years,” Carpenter said. “It was clear to me that he deserves to be in an Indy car. After his first day in a car at Portland this past season, that feeling became even more apparent. His pace, feedback and demeanor inside the car was very impressive for such a young driver.”

As a driver, Carpenter will be VeeKay’s teammate during the five oval races in 2020, once again returning to the team’s No. 20 entry. An announcement on which driver will pilot the No. 20 on the road and street circuits will be made at a later time.

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