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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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.