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Rinus VeeKay to test for Ed Carpenter Racing at Mid-Ohio

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Rinus VeeKay will conduct a second test in an Indy car with Ed Carpenter Racing next Tuesday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the driver announced in a press release Thursday.

The 2019 Indy Lights runner-up, VeeKay made his initial test with the team in August at Portland International Raceway.

In his maiden Indy Lights season, VeeKay won six races, including a sweep of the final two races of the year at Laguna Seca.

“I’m really honored that the team has invited me to test again,” VeeKay said. “It’s a great opportunity to show what I’m capable. I learned so much during the first test in Portland and I’m excited to build on that at Mid-Ohio, a track I absolutely love.”

If VeeKay’s previous performances at the 2.258-mile, 13-Turn road course are any indication, he should be in for another solid test. VeeKay has finished no worse than third at Mid-Ohio in Road to Indy competition, including a pair of Indy Pro 2000 victories at the track in 2018.

“It means a lot that a team as highly regarded as Ed Carpenter Racing has invited me back for a second test,” VeeKay said. “The testing opportunities in the NTT IndyCar Series are very limited, so when you’re invited for a test, that’s a real sign of confidence.”

Though VeeKay does not currently have a contract to race with any particular team in IndyCar next season, he remains a prime candidate to split the No. 20 ECR Chevrolet with owner/driver Ed Carpenter next year, should Ed Jones not return to the team.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 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.