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Indy Lights: Rinus VeeKay wins at Road America

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Rinus VeeKay won race 2 of the Indy Lights double header at Road America in dominating fashion Sunday morning, leading all 20 laps en route to his third victory of the year after starting from the pole position.

The win is a redemption of sorts for the Juncos Racing driver, as VeeKay finished a disappointing seventh in race 1 Saturday after receiving a drive-through penalty for blocking on lap 1.

“This race I feel like I took everything out,” VeeKay told NBC Sports following his victory.

“I didn’t make any mistakes, and the team gave me a great car. It’s just amazing having these guys around me and making it possible for me to win.”

Indeed, VeeKay’s performance Sunday was flawless. VeeKay’s margin of victory over second-place finisher Ryan Norman (who won race 1 on saturday) was nearly 13 seconds.

Series points leader Oliver Askew would come home third in the race after starting from the fourth position.

Askew leaves Road America still atop of the series points standings, with 229 points. However, VeeKay now sits a mire three points behind thanks to his victory Sunday.

Indy Lights now heads north of the border with a double header on the streets of Toronto scheduled for Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14. Both races will air live on NBC Sports Gold.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.