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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Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.