Rinus ‘VeeKay’ van Kalmthout will also drive for Ed Carpenter Racing in the IndyCar championship next year, it was announced in a press release . The Dutchman has been working for the team and its eponymous team boss since last year and after an excellent 2021 season, Van Kalmthout can once again call himself IndyCar driver in 2022.
The 21-year-old has had a very rewarding year so far. The Hoofddorp rider was able to win on the Indianapolis Road Course and he was allowed to start from the front row during the Indy 500. ‘We were able to prove ourselves in every discipline,’ says Van Kalmthout. ‘The second half of the season was less energetic in terms of results, due to unfortunate strategic choices and sometimes just bad luck. My goal is to motivate the team as much as possible to tackle the points of attention together during the coming winter, so that we can perform consistently throughout the 2022 season.’
Van Kalmthout hopes to be able to compete with the championship candidates in 2022 and to be on the podium more often: ‘Although we are not the largest team, there is a lot of potential in our total package. The team-internal atmosphere at ECR contributes to our motivation. It feels like a group of friends who go through fire for each other, with the aim of scoring the best possible results.’
Van Kalmthout grateful for support
The Dutch racing talent is very grateful to team principal Ed Carpenter for the opportunity he has been given in the American top class: “Ed has been the person who gave me the opportunity to drive an IndyCar car for the first time and he plays a major role in my career. Tony George, Stuart Reed and the entire Ed Carpenter Racing team, I’m grateful to everyone who has their share.”
The 21-year-old IndyCar race winner can also count on a lot of support from his sponsors from the Netherlands: ‘My Dutch partners Jumbo and Basic-Fit are always there for me and also play a large part in my American success. I would like to thank them for their unconditional support.’