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Indy Lights: VeeKay goes back-to-back at Laguna Seca

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MONTEREY, Calif – Rinus VeeKay may not have won the Indy Lights championship this weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, but he still put on a dominant performance. 

Just as he previously had done the day prior, VeeKay led all 30 laps in Sunday’s second round of the doubleheader. Easily holding off series champion Oliver Askew to claim his sixth victory of the season.

“I’m really happy to finally sweep a weekend in Indy Lights,” VeeKay told NBC Sports following the final race of the 2019 season. “I’m super happy, and it’s the best way I could end the season.”

Though VeeKay did not win the overall championship and the million dollar IndyCar scholarship that comes with it, he still has caught the attention of at least one IndyCar team owner. VeeKay had previously tested an Indy car Ed Carpenter Racing at Portland International Raceway this August.

“From now on, I think we’ll be many talks with IndyCar team owners in regards to budgets because we don’t have the Road to Indy scholarship,” VeeKay said. “That’s a little thing, but I think we’ll be alright.”

Rounding out the remainder of the top five, Tobey Sowery finished in the third position while Robert Mcgennis and Ryan Norman finished fourth and fifth, respectfully.

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Indy Lights: Kyle Kirkwood joins Andretti Autosport

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One of the Road to Indy’s most talented young drivers will climb another step up the development system ladder this season.

Kyle Kirkwood, the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 champion, has signed a contract to race for Andretti Autosport in the 2020 Indy Lights season. Kirkwood will drive the No. 28 car for the reigning championship team.

A native of Jupiter, Florida, 21-year-old Kirkwood has been incredibly successful in junior formulas over the last few years. He won the F4 US Championship 2017 and won both the F3 Americas and USF2000 titles in 2018.

Driving for RP Motorsport Racing, Kirkwood won 9 of 16 races in his maiden Indy Pro 2000 season last year, allowing him to win his fourth championship in three years and earn the Road to Indy scholarship.

“We are very excited about the addition of Kyle to our Indy Lights program,” Andretti Autosport CEO and Chairman Michael Andretti said. “We’ve followed Kyle’s career from when he started in 2018 with the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and have been impressed with his success in every race that led to his Indy Pro 2000 Championship last year. As a championship-caliber team, Kyle displays the desire and talent that we look for in our drivers and are excited to see him hit the track for the 2020 Indy Lights season.”

Kirkwood previously drove for Andretti in a two-day test session at Sebring International Raceway in December. He will make his official debut for the team in the season-opening doubleheader at St. Petersburg on March 14-15.

“I am ecstatic that I can now say I am competing in Indy Lights with Andretti Autosport this season,” Kirkwood said. “They have established a winning program in Indy Lights and we plan on carrying that reputation throughout 2020.

“We are a fantastic match for each other and our Sebring test in December proved that.”

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