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Colton Herta secures first Euro Formula Open win in Austria

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Colton Herta has secured his first win in the Euro Formula Open Championship this morning at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, with a lights-to-flag victory.

The 16-year-old American, who drives for Carlin and has also won the MSA Formula race in Snetterton last year, bagged the win in the series following a dynamic start while plenty of action took place behind him.

Following the win, Herta said, “I had a great start – probably one of the best of those around me which meant I could lead in to the first corner and begin to pull a margin. I came under a little bit of pressure from Leonardo [Pulcini] but other than that the race was under control knowing that we had pace and even managing to save my tires a little.

“The car was really great today and I felt comfortable, it’s great also to know we can have another strong day tomorrow. It’s fantastic to get the first win, I’m really happy with that.”

Herta is the son of Bryan Herta, whose entry with Andretti Autosport won this year’s Indianapolis 500 with Alexander Rossi.

A full release from Carlin is linked here.

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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