At racing season’s roughly halfway point, here’s some of the bigger crashes to date (VIDEO)

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The bad news through the first half, roughly, of the 2015 international racing season is that there have been several major and severe looking accidents.

The good news is that in all of the above accidents, the drivers involved emerged almost completely unscathed and would race another day. Of the accidents, Busch was sidelined nearly half the year but returned to the track in May.

Here’s a rundown of the biggest thrills and spills thus far, from the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series, FIA Formula 1 and the Verizon IndyCar Series:

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jamie McMurray’s spin triggers a large crash at Daytona
  • F1: Sauber’s Felipe Nasr has front-end impact in Canada
  • IndyCar: Ryan Briscoe survives horrific end-over-end accident in Fontana
  • NASCAR Xfinity Series: Erik Jones spun in second “big one” of Xfinity opener, while Kyle Busch slid into the unprotected inside retaining wall at Daytona
  • F1: Max Verstappen collects Romain Grosjean in the biggest wreck of the F1 season thus far, at Monaco
  • Xfinity: Daniel Suarez and Regan Smith are caught up in the first “big one” at the Xfinity opener
  • IndyCar: Ed Carpenter goes in backwards and catches air on Sunday morning of Indy 500 qualifying
  • F1: Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso have a scary coming together in Austria
  • Sprint Cup: Trevor Bayne hits the backstraight wall at Talladega in another “big one”
  • IndyCar: Helio Castroneves’ aerial flight in Indy 500 practice kicks off a concerning week of accidents
  • Sprint Cup: Austin Dillon’s crash in Daytona was the scariest one of the year by far

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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