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ED CARPENTER RACING COMPLETES FOURTH OF JULY RACE AT MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE

Conor Daly Gains Nine Positions; Rinus VeeKay Completes First Race Back Following Surgery

(LEXINGTON, Ohio) July 4, 2021 – Race Notes

  • Ed Carpenter Racing competed in front of a red, white and blue-clad crowd today at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as NTT INDYCAR SERIES fans celebrated the 4th of July. Conor Daly was one of the biggest movers of the race, finishing nine positions higher than where he started. Daly took the checkered flag in 15th as he raced for the U.S. Air Force. The Honda 200 marked Rinus VeeKay’s first race back following surgery to repair a fractured clavicle. VeeKay was running in the Top 10 for much of the race, but a few seconds off-track cost him several positions and he finished 16th.
  • During yesterday’s qualification session, Daly and VeeKay were both assigned to Group 2. Daly missed advancing by a mere three-tenths of a second and would have to start 24th. VeeKay held onto the sixth position at the end of the 10-minute sessions and as the fastest six cars advance, he moved on to Round 2. A car serving a drive-through penalty came out in front of VeeKay, forcing him to lift on one of his flying laps. He was able to turn the 11th-fastest lap of Round 2, which would be his starting position for today’s race.
  • VeeKay elected to start on a set of sticker red Firestone Firehawks while Daly selected black tires. The start of the 80-lap race was messy with back-to-back yellow flags. The incidents occurred in front of Daly, who was able to deftly avoid both and gained six positions. VeeKay had already passed two cars at the start, then earned two more positions with the second caution.
  • On red tires, VeeKay stayed out until Lap 23 when he made his first stop. Pitting from the 7th position, he was back out on a set of sticker black tires for his next stint. Daly cycled forward on his opening set of black Firehawks, running as high as 9th before his first stop. On Lap 30, Daly came into the pit lane. He chose red tires for the middle portion of the race.
  • The race remained fairly quiet for the duration of the second stint with VeeKay running 10th and Daly in 17th. VeeKay was again the first of the two Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolets to stop, coming in on Lap 52 for fuel and another set of sticker black tires to end the race. A few laps after his stop, VeeKay slid off track momentarily. There was no damage to the No. 21 SONAX Chevrolet and VeeKay was able to continue, but the brief excursion dropped him several positions.
  • Daly was in three laps after VeeKay and chose reds for the conclusion of the race. The No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet exited the pit lane just in front of VeeKay, placing Daly in 15th and VeeKay in 16th. With track conditions leading to few opportunities for passing, both remained in those positions until the checkered flag.
  • Daly and VeeKay’s seasons will resume on August 8 for the brand-new Big Machine Music City Grand Prix through the downtown streets of Nashville, Tenn. The 11th round of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET.
CONOR DALY, No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet, Finished 15th: “24th to 15th, a decent effort! We were quite fast, we were putting in laps that were Top 5 pace wise. It is just tough when you start so far back. I was behind (Simon) Pagenaud at the end and it was really, really difficult to overtake. It’s not too bad when you’re fighting with Penske cars! As rough as the weekend had been going, it felt good to be in a position to fight with people today.”
RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 SONAX Chevrolet, Finished 16th: “That was a tough race. We had some really good opening laps and restarts, we got from 11th to 7th. We got stuck behind traffic after the first pit stop and were struggling on the black tires. It was tough to keep the car on the track, which I did almost all the time! My shoulder felt really good though, I had no problems with that. On to Nashville!” 

Mid-Ohio Qualifying Notes

RINUS VEEKAY ADVANCES TO ROUND 2 OF QUALIFYING IN RETURN TO INDYCAR COMPETITION
VeeKay Will Start 11th in First Race Back Following Surgery; Conor Daly Qualifies on the Outside of Row 12

(LEXINGTON, Ohio) July 3, 2021 – Qualifying Notes

  • Rinus VeeKay is back in business after being forced to sit out the last round of NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition. VeeKay was not able to compete in at Road America as he was recovering from surgery on a fractured clavicle. He stepped back in to the No. 21 SONAX Chevrolet yesterday; today, he made it to the second round of qualifying. He advanced to Round 2 and will start 11th in the Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Conor Daly will have the honor of representing the U.S. Air Force on the 4th of July and will start from the outside of Row 12. 
  • Practice at Mid-Ohio began Friday afternoon with a 45-minute session, followed by another 45-minute session this morning. It was VeeKay’s first time back in the car following surgery two weeks ago to repair a fractured left clavicle sustained in a cycling accident. He turned 44 laps across both practices with a quick lap this morning of 121.704 mph. Daly made 39 circuits, also turning his best lap this morning at 120.629 mph.
  • Groups are determined by the finishing order of the practice session immediately preceding qualifying. With odd-numbered positions at the conclusion of Practice 2, Daly and VeeKay were assigned to Round 1, Group 2. Both began the 10-minute session on Firestone’s primary black Firehawks before switching to a set of alternate red tires. Daly’s last lap was not only his fastest lap of qualifying but also his fastest lap of the weekend, coming in at 121.198 mph. However, it would only have him 12th in the group. As only the fastest six cars advance, Daly will start 24th tomorrow.
  • Meanwhile in Group 2, VeeKay made his switch to red tires and shot up the charts. He held on to the 6th position at the checkered flag, advancing him to Round 2 and ensuring he would start no worse than 12th. VeeKay had built an excellent gap with plenty of clear track for the second round, but another competitor had to serve a drive-through penalty and re-entered the circuit in front of VeeKay. He was forced to lift, costing him one of his fastest laps at speed. Still, he managed to finish the session with a lap of 121.749 mph and will line up 11th on the starting grid.
  • Daly will have the distinct privilege of representing the U.S. Air Force as he races at Mid-Ohio on the 4th of July. Daly’s road and street course car celebrates the U.S. Air Force’s B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. A dramatic leap forward in technology, the bomber represents a major milestone in the U.S. bomber modernization program. Its low-observable, or “stealth,” characteristics give it the unique ability to penetrate an enemy’s most sophisticated defenses and threaten its most valued and heavily defended targets. The No. 20 features a painted pattern of silver, blue and black silhouettes of the only stealth bomber in the world.
  • VeeKay is in the midst of a breakout sophomore season. The 20-year-old earned six Top 10 finishes in seven races, including his first career victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in mid-May. One week later, he became the youngest front row starter in Indianapolis 500 history as he qualified 3rd. In his most recent event weekend, the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, VeeKay returned to the podium with a second-place finish in Race 1. Despite not being able to compete in the Road America event, VeeKay remains sixth in the overall championship standings.
  • Final practice for the Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will take place this afternoon. Daly and VeeKay will have a half an hour to perfect their Chevrolet-powered NTT INDYCAR SERIES cars as the session will run from 3:30 – 4 p.m. ET. Tomorrow’s 80-lap race will be broadcast on NBC with coverage beginning at 12 p.m. ET.
CONOR DALY, No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet, Qualified 24th: “As usual in IndyCar qualifying, you’re just fighting for the smallest things. We needed three-tenths to make it to the second round of qualifying and three-tenths of a second is a very, very small amount. We just missed it. However, that was the best balance we’ve had all weekend. That was a positive, but we just haven’t been able to get the speed out of the tres yet. We’ll keep working on it and make some magic happen for the U.S. Air Force on the 4th of July!”
RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 SONAX Chevrolet, Qualified 11th: “Today was a lot better than yesterday! The SONAX car felt very good, but I did get held up in qualifying. That wasn’t great, but we know we have a strong car and we can really attack. This afternoon, we can see how the car is in race trim. I am very excited, I love this track!”

Rinus VeeKay cleared to resume driving; will compete this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Rinus VeeKay (Photo Courtesy of Ed Carpenter Racing)

NDIANAPOLIS (June 30, 2021) – Rinus VeeKay has been medically cleared to resume driving and will return to NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Following a cycling accident, VeeKay underwent successful outpatient surgery on June 15 to repair a fractured left clavicle. He was re-evaluated this afternoon and was given clearance to return to racing by Dr. Geoffrey Billows, INDYCAR’s director of medical services. VeeKay will be back in the No. 21 SONAX Chevrolet for this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.


VeeKay is eager to get back behind the wheel. “First, I need to say thank you to the INDYCAR medical staff, including Dr. Webber, who did my surgery. I am very excited to race this weekend at Mid-Ohio, especially after missing the last race at Road America. I am more motivated than ever!” stated VeeKay. He continued, “I have been working incredibly hard on my recovery, doing all kinds of treatment. I feel I will be right back at the level I was before. I sat in the car earlier this week to make sure I was comfortable and I was in the simulator yesterday, I have no pain and feel as good as ever.”


The 20-year-old is in the midst of a breakout sophomore season with Ed Carpenter Racing. VeeKay earned six Top 10 finishes in seven races, including his first career victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in mid-May. One week later, he became the youngest front row starter in Indianapolis 500 history as he qualified 3rd. In his most recent event weekend, the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, VeeKay returned to the podium with a second-place finish in Race 1.


While VeeKay was recovering from surgery, Oliver Askew stepped into the No. 21 Chevrolet at Road America. Despite not being able to compete, VeeKay remains sixth in the overall championship standings. A solid performance by Askew at Road America has Ed Carpenter Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet fourth in entrant points.
VeeKay will rejoin his teammate Conor Daly, road and street course driver of the No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet. The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio will be a three-day event, beginning with practice on Friday, July 2. Saturday, June 3 will consist of a second practice session, qualifying and final practice. The 80-lap race will be broadcast live on NBC, with coverage starting at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 4.

ED CARPENTER RACING REV GROUP GRAND RACE REPORT

OLIVER ASKEW LEADS REV GROUP GRAND PRIX INFILL-IN ROLE FOR ED CARPENTER RACING
Askew Steps in For Rinus VeeKay, Finishes 12th; Conor Daly Runs in the Top 5, Forced to Save Fuel in Closing Laps

(ELKHART LAKE, Wis.) June 20, 2021 – Race Notes

  • On Tuesday evening, Ed Carpenter Racing announced that Oliver Askew would drive the No. 21 Chevrolet this weekend; on Sunday afternoon, he found himself leading the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America. With a smart strategy, a bit of luck and some well-executed passes, Askew delivered a 12th place finish in the home race for Milwaukee-based Direct Supply, the primary partner on the No. 21 this weekend. Conor Daly found himself in the Top 5 as the No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet tried a strategy that would have benefited from additional caution flags in the closing laps of the race. However, Daly did not get the break he needed and was forced to save fuel, finishing 20th.
  • Askew stepped into the No. 21 Chevrolet for the first time on Friday afternoon. He was chosen to fill in for Rinus VeeKay, who is recovering from outpatient surgery for a fractured clavicle. Askew turned Top 10 lap times in both practice sessions, finishing 5th in the second practice yesterday morning. Conditions in qualifying proved more difficult and Askew was not able to advance to the second round. He started 16th in today’s REV Group Grand Prix.
  • Daly narrowly missed out on advancing in qualifying yesterday, missing the cut off by less than .09 of a second. He qualified 15th, starting alongside Askew. Quick work by the No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet crew gained him positions on each of his first two pit stops. On a strategy call, Daly came in under the Lap 36 caution. It vaulted him up to 5th after everyone had made their final stops in the 55-lap race. However, there were not enough yellow flag laps in the closing stages and Daly was forced to save fuel to make it to the end. Daly crossed the finish line in 20th.
  • Askew, too, stopped under the Lap 36 caution. In contrast to Daly, it was expected that Askew would need to pit again so he was able to push hard. On Lap 51, Askew relinquished the lead of the race to take a splash of fuel and a set of red tires. The caution flew on Lap 52, setting up a shoot-out for the end of the race. Askew came out of the pit lane in 15th, picking up one position at the restart as the leader suffered a mechanical failure. Over the next two laps, Askew used his new tires to pick up two more positions. He finished 12th in his first race weekend with ECR.
  • Ed Carpenter Racing will enjoy a weekend off before returning to action at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. VeeKay will be re-evaluated prior to the event weekend to determine if he will be medically cleared to return to competition. The Honda 200 will take place on July 4, 2021 with coverage beginning on NBC at 12 p.m. ET.
CONOR DALY, No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet, Finished 20th: “Today just flat out did not work out for us. [Takuma] Sato used his car like a missile and knocked us off the track at the very beginning, which is very sad to have happen and lose those positions. That happened to me a couple of times, I stood my ground and people just drove into my car. There are a lot of tire marks on it after today! The U.S. Air Force Chevy was quite quick, which was nice. We tried a strategy that didn’t work out. We had to make a wildly aggressive fuel number, but we stuck to it and it just didn’t play out. Hopefully when we get to the next one, we’ll have some good things happen!”
OLIVER ASKEW, No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet, Finished 12th: “I had a really enjoyable race at Road America! We struggled there towards the end with some strategy options that we didn’t think were going to play out, but then it ended up working out for us! We caught a yellow at the end that helped bunch the field up. Then on the new red tires, we were able to pass a couple of cars and finish P12. I am very happy with that! Thank you to everyone at Ed Carpenter Racing and Direct Supply for the opportunity.”

CONOR DALY, OLIVER ASKEW: REV GROUP GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING

CONOR DALY, OLIVER ASKEW TO START SIDE-BY-SIDE IN TOMORROW’S REV GROUP GRAND PRIX

(ELKHART LAKE, Wis.) June 19, 2021 – Qualifying Notes

  • Qualifying is complete at Road America and the Ed Carpenter Racing teammates will start next to each other in the REV Group Grand Prix. Conor Daly and Oliver Askew will fill out Row 8 on the starting grid at the historic road course. Daly will start 15th in tomorrow’s race while Askew starts 16th.
  • Tuesday night, ECR announced that Askew would step into the No. 21 this weekend as Rinus VeeKay is not yet medically cleared to resume competition. VeeKay underwent successful outpatient surgery Tuesday afternoon to repair a fractured left clavicle. He sustained the injury Monday on a cycling trail during a training ride and has been under the care of INDYCAR’s medical staff.
  • Askew climbed into ECR’s No. 21 Chevrolet for the first time yesterday afternoon. He finished 9th in his first session with the team and backed that up by turning the 5th-fastest lap this morning. Daly and the No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet worked hard during both sessions, finishing 12th in Practice 2. With an even numbered finishing position in the second practice, Daly was assigned to Group 1 for qualifying while Askew was placed in Group 2 with the odd-numbered positions.
  • As the Road America track is four miles long, Round 1 was extended from the usual 10 minutes per group to 12 minutes. Both Daly and Askew were bumped down following the checkered flags in their sessions and finished 8th in their groups. As only the fastest six cars advance, Daly will start 15th and Askew will start 16th in tomorrow’s REV Group Grand Prix.
  • This weekend, the No. 21 Chevrolet showcases the blue and white colors of longtime ECR partner Direct Supply. Headquartered in nearby Milwaukee, Direct Supply is committed to enhancing the lives of seniors and those who care for them. Since 1985, the company has helped Senior Living providers create amazing environments, improve care and outcomes, optimize building operations, streamline procurement and more. Direct Supply has been featured on the No. 21 Chevrolet at Road America since the NTT INDYCAR SERIES returned to the track in 2016.
  • Daly and Askew will have one more 30-minute session this afternoon, taking place from 4:30-5 p.m. CT. It will serve as the final practice and take the place of the traditional morning warm-up. The 55-lap race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network, with coverage starting at 11 a.m. CT on Sunday, June 20.
CONOR DALY, No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet, Qualified 15th: “We missed transferring by about seven-hundredths of a second, maybe less! Qualifying is so close in this series. I also made a small mistake, which is a shame. It’s been a challenge for me for sure. We still have some work to do with the car, but I have faith in these guys that we’ll be able to work through the warm-up this afternoon and have something really strong for the race tomorrow.”
OLIVER ASKEW, No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet, Qualified 16th: “It’s super tight in INDYCAR right now and we just missed it by a couple of tenths! Unfortunately, we didn’t make it past the first round of qualifying, but the No. 21 Direct Supply Ed Carpenter Racing machine feels really good. We’re going to keep working on the race car this afternoon in the warm-up and make it even better. It’s a long race tomorrow and a lot can happen, we may get creative on strategy. We’ll make it happen!”

RINUS VEEKAY UNDERWENT SUCCESSFUL SURGERY TO REPAIR CLAVICLE FOLLOWING CYCLING ACCIDENT

Oliver Askew to Substitute for VeeKay and Drive the No. 21 in Road America

INDIANAPOLIS (June 15, 2021) – Ed Carpenter Racing driver Rinus VeeKay underwent successful outpatient surgery this afternoon to repair a fractured left clavicle. He sustained the injury Monday on a cycling trail during a training ride and has been under the care of INDYCAR’s medical staff. As VeeKay is not medically cleared to participate in this weekend’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES event at Road America, Oliver Askew will compete in the No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet.

Team owner Ed Carpenter is looking forward to seeing VeeKay back on track, but is confident in ECR’s plan for Road America. “I want to wish Rinus a speedy recovery, I know the No. 21 Chevrolet will be missing him! It’s a shame that he has to miss this round, but he will come back strong.” Carpenter continued, “I want to thank Oliver for being ready and able to step in and give the car a strong run.”

Askew will enter the REV Group Grand Prix weekend with ample experience at Road America, having raced on the four-mile road course eight times in the past four years. After winning the 2019 Indy Lights championship, Askew made his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut in 2020 and competed in 12 races. He reached the podium in only his fifth race, finishing 3rd at Iowa Speedway. The 24-year-old’s 2021 season began with a victory as he was part of the LMP3 class-winning team at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Just last weekend, Askew filled in for Felix Rosenqvist in Race 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader.

Askew is up for the challenge. “First off, I hope Rinus is doing well and that he has a quick recovery!” stated Askew. “I’m thankful that Ed and his ECR team trust me to take over the No. 21 Chevrolet this weekend. They have a strong program and I look forward to helping them in every way possible at Road America.”

This weekend, the No. 21 Chevrolet will showcase the blue and white colors of longtime ECR partner Direct Supply. Headquartered in nearby Milwaukee, Direct Supply is committed to enhancing the lives of seniors and those who care for them. Since 1985, the company has helped Senior Living providers create amazing environments, improve care and outcomes, optimize building operations, streamline procurement and more. Direct Supply has been featured on the No. 21 Chevrolet at Road America since the NTT INDYCAR SERIES returned to the track in 2016.

VeeKay remains in his usual good spirits. “What happened was very unfortunate and definitely not the greatest timing! The surgery went well, I am not in any pain.” commented VeeKay. “I definitely wanted to be out there fighting for my place in the championship and driving the Direct Supply car. I will give it all I have and be ready for Mid-Ohio! I am very thankful for everyone at ECR that helped me and stayed up very late to get everything for the surgery arranged. I would also like to say a big thank you to everyone at OrthoIndy who got me all fixed up!”

VeeKay will be re-evaluated prior the July 4 race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The 20-year-old is in the midst of a breakout sophomore season and is currently tied for fifth in the championship standings. VeeKay earned six Top 10 finishes in seven races, including his first career victory one month ago at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. In last Saturday’s Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader, VeeKay returned to the podium with a second-place finish.

The REV Group Grand Prix at Road America will be a three-day event, beginning with practice on Friday, June 18. Saturday, June 19 will consist of a second practice session, qualifying and final practice. The 55-lap race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network, with coverage starting at 11 a.m. CT on Sunday, June 20.

ED CARPENTER RACING COMPLETES RACE 2 OF THE DETROIT DOUBLEHEADER

Conor Daly Takes Checkered Flag in 15th, Rinus VeeKay Finishes 18th

DETROIT (June 13, 2021) – Race 2 Notes

  • For the second time in 24 hours, it was race day for Ed Carpenter Racing. After a 70-lap race yesterday afternoon, Conor Daly and Rinus VeeKay stepped back into their Chevrolet-powered NTT INDYCAR SERIES cars for Race 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader. Conor Daly turned in one of his best qualifying results of the year today but finished 15th as track conditions proved difficult for passing. In contrast to yesterday’s podium result, Rinus VeeKay was challenged by several setbacks today and finished 18th.
  • Qualifying for Race 2 mirrored that of Race 1 yesterday. Knockout qualifying was condensed from the usual three rounds to two with the fastest six cars from each group advancing. Daly and VeeKay were both assigned to Group 1, which was the second group to take to the 2.35-mile, 13-turn temporary street circuit today. VeeKay was second quick and Daly was fifth, advancing both to Segment 2. At the end of Segment 2, Daly was 10th and VeeKay was 4th. However, a red flag in the final seconds caused several driver’s laps to be invalidated. VeeKay was moved the 3rd position on the starting grid while Daly was up to 8th.
  • Daly started the 70-lap race on Firestone’s alternate red Firehawks along with all but three other competitors. He was the first car to make a pit stop under green on Lap 10, bring the No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet in for a switch to the weekend’s preferred tire. He fluctuated in and out of the Top 10 throughout the race, but was not able to make up any ground on track. He was mired back in 15th following the two late-race caution flags, where he would finish the second doubleheader event.
  • Following the same strategy as yesterday, VeeKay came in under a Lap 2 caution to switch off the red Firestone Firehawks. However, the plan was thwarted on Lap 15 when he had to make an early pit stop. Contact with Marcus Ericsson cut VeeKay’s left rear tire, necessitating an emergency pit stop for the No. 21 SONAX Chevrolet. Like Daly, VeeKay found it difficult to pass and could not make up much ground. Under one of the late-race cautions, VeeKay came in for a splash of fuel to ensure he would make it to the end of the race. On much older tires, he lost one position on the final restart and would finish 18th.
  • Yesterday, VeeKay’s first career race in the streets of Belle Isle ended with a podium finish as he took the checkered flag in the second position. It was VeeKay’s first career race in any series as he had never driven on the track in any series until yesterday. Daly returned to one of his favorite tracks for the first time in several years, earning a 13th place finish in Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.
  • Ed Carpenter Racing will return to Indianapolis to continue preparations for next weekend’s race in Road America. The REV Group Grand Prix will be a three-day event, beginning with practice on Friday, June 18. Another practice session, qualifying, and final practice will take place on Saturday, June 19. The 55-lap race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network, with coverage starting at 11 a.m. CT on Sunday, June 20. 
CONOR DALY, No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet, Finished 15th: “Today was a positive overall, even though the result doesn’t show it. We had a great qualifying pace and our pace in the race was fantastic as well. We just got bogged down in traffic and struggled to make our way through. It really doesn’t seem like too many people were able to pass, including us. That kind of ruined our strategy and ended up not getting the result we deserve as a team. I don’t think we can leave this weekend and say we were slow, we were definitely competitive lap-time wise. We’ll take it and move on to Road America.”
RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 SONAX Chevrolet, Finished 18th: “We had a good qualifying result, starting third. We made a strategy call that could have worked out very well, but unfortunately didn’t go our way. Our race just went downhill! I got a puncture that put us even worse on strategy, it was just a hard day. Let this be our bad result of the season! We’ll get back to going to Top 10s, podiums and wins. I am very excited to go to Road America, it is my favorite track and I want to get a nice result!”
About Ed Carpenter Racing
Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR) has entered its 10th season of NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition in 2021. The Indianapolis-based race team has proven its versatility by collecting eight wins across each type of track the series competes on – street and road courses, short ovals and speedways. ECR is led by IndyCar’s only team owner/driver, Ed Carpenter, three-time pole winner for the Indianapolis 500 (2013, 2014 and 2018). In 2021, Indiana natives Carpenter and Conor Daly share the No. 20 Chevrolet as Carpenter drives the oval races and Daly takes over for the road and street course events. Both were entered in the Indianapolis 500 alongside 2020 Rookie of the Year Rinus VeeKay, full-time driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet. ECR made its eSports debut in the 2020 iRX World Championship with Jim Beaver eSports. More information may be found at http://www.edcarpenterracing.com/.

STREETS OF DETROIT RACE 1 REPORT

VeeKay Scores Runner-Up Finish in Race 1 of Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix; Conor Daly Climbs to 13th

DETROIT (June 12, 2021) – Race 1 Notes

  • Rinus VeeKay’s first career race in the streets of Belle Isle ended with a podium finish as he took the checkered flag in the second position. It was VeeKay’s first career race in any series as he had never driven on the track in any series until yesterday. Conor Daly returned to one of his favorite tracks for the first time in several years, earning a 13th place finish today in Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.
  • Teams arrived at the island park in the Detroit River yesterday for the first and only practice session of the weekend. Daly took to the 2.35-mile, 13-turn temporary street circuit for the first time since 2017 while VeeKay turned his first laps. Although VeeKay was not able to get in a clean lap on the red tires, he was still the 9th-fastest driver at the end of the 75-minute practice. Daly made the most of the session, working through a comprehensive checklist. He also did not get a clean lap in on reds and was 17th at the end of the day.
  • The usual three rounds of knockout qualifying were condensed to two with the fastest six cars from each group advancing. Daly and VeeKay were both assigned to Group 1. Daly’s quick lap was over a second and half quicker than his best lap in practice, although it would have him 17th on the starting grid. VeeKay was 3rd at the end of the 10-minute session, which transferred him to Segment 2. However, his flying lap was interrupted as he came up on a slower-moving car. He finished 12th in Segment 2 which would be starting position for this afternoon’s 70-lap race.
  • VeeKay was the very first car to pit in the race, bring the No. 21 SONAX Chevrolet in for a switch from red Firestone tires to blacks after he competed the two required laps. Like his teammate, Daly came into the pit lane as soon as possible for a set of black Firestone Firehawks as well. As the rest of the field made their first stops, both cycled forward. Their second stop on Lap 21 and 23, respectively, beat the first yellow flag on Lap 24 later. Yellow flag conditions turned to red on Lap 27 and a lengthy delay ensued for track repairs.
  • Drivers eventually returned to their cars and the race was restarted on Lap 31. The cars who had not yet stopped had to come in when the pits opened, which moved Daly up to 9th and VeeKay to 5th. Daly began to quickly struggle with grip and slid back to 19th. He was able to manage his tires until his third and final stop, which came on Lap 46. Focusing forward, he made up multiple positions in the closing laps and was able to finish 13th.
  • VeeKay immediately made up a position on the Lap 31 restart, moving up to 4th. On Lap 35, he made another pass to get to 3rd. After his final pit stop, he cycled back into 3rd. Lap 64 would see him become trapped behind a lapped car, creating an opportunity for Takuma Sato to pass VeeKay. The race was red flagged again on Lap 65. When engines were re-fired, race leader Will Power’s car would not start. VeeKay moved back up to third, behind eventual winner Marcus Ericsson and Sato. On Lap 67, the race restarted for the final time and VeeKay took the second position from Sato. VeeKay held off a hard-charging Pato O’Ward in the final laps and secured the second spot on the podium.
  • VeeKay was the highest finishing Chevrolet-powered driver in Race 1 and has moved up to 4th in the championship standings. Today’s result was his sixth Top 10 finish in seven races and his second podium of the year. VeeKay earned his first career victory just one month ago, winning the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road course.
  • The 20-year-old was the highest finishing Chevrolet-powered driver in Race 1 and has moved up to 4th in the championship standings. Today’s result was his sixth Top 10 finish in seven races and his second podium of the year. VeeKay earned his first career victory just one month ago, winning the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road course.
  • The action begins again tomorrow with Race 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. It will be an entirely new event with qualifying taking place at 9 a.m. ET. The format will mirror today’s and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network. Pre-race coverage of Race 2 will begin at 12 p.m. ET with the green flag scheduled for 12:50 p.m. ET.
CONOR DALY, No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet, Finished 13th: “The U.S. Air Force Chevy had really strong pace, which was great, and we had a great strategy call. After the first red flag, I am not really sure what happened with our left rear but it just felt like we were losing so much speed and grip. We lost a lot of the positions that we gained, which was a shame, but once we got another set of tires on, we were really, really strong. I feel good for tomorrow because the car was quite quick in race trim! We were always going forward, other than when we had our left rear issue. I am looking forward to having another shot at it tomorrow.”
RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 SONAX Chevrolet, Finished 2nd: “P2! Second podium this year. Very happy, first time at Detroit – crazy track! I made some cool moves and got an awesome result. Awesome car, awesome engine – thank you to the team at Ed Carpenter Racing and Chevy! We get another race tomorrow, hopefully I can climb a lion in the fountain – that would be cool!”

TWO RACES IN TWO DAYS FOR ED CARPENTER RACING THIS WEEKEND IN DETROIT

Conor Daly and Rinus VeeKay Take on Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Doubleheader With Races on Saturday and Sunday

NDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2021) – Race Preview

  • The NTT INDYCAR SERIES will head north to Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan this weekend for the second of two doubleheaders this season. Once at the island park in the Detroit River, Ed Carpenter Racing will compete in two races in two days, the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. After racing the No. 47 in the Indianapolis 500, Conor Daly will resume his duties as road and street course driver of the No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet. Rinus VeeKay will take on the challenging street circuit for the first time in his career.
  • As the 2020 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 event will be VeeKay’s first NTT INDYCAR SERIES event at the 2.35-mile, 13-turn temporary street circuit. Daly competed in he doubleheader in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He led in 2015 and 2016 with the first of the 2016 races awarding Daly his highest NTT INDYCAR SERIES finish to date, a second place.
  • Less than two weeks ago, Ed Carpenter Racing competed in it’s 10th Indianapolis 500. Team owner Ed Carpenter stepped into the No. 20, joining VeeKay and Daly on track. Carpenter qualified 4th, his sixth Top 10 start at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since starting his own team. A stall of his engine on his first pit stop dropped from 4th to 28th. Carpenter’s 18 years of experience, combined with smart strategy and quick work by the No. 20 crew in the pits, helped him rejoin the fight at the front with a quarter of the race remaining. His 5th place result was one of the 40-year-old’s strongest Indy 500 finishes.
  • Driving the No. 47 as Carpenter drove the No. 20, Daly was consistently one of the fastest cars during the Month of May as he turned Top 5 lap times in five of six practice sessions. On Lap 50 of 200, Daly took the lead of the Indianapolis 500 for the first time in his career. He would go on to lead 40 laps, the most of all drivers. A rogue tire damaged his U.S. Air Force Chevrolet on Lap 116, but he was able to complete the race and take the checkered flag in the 13th position. In the race prior to the Indy 500, the GMR Grand Prix on the IMS road course, Daly made his first career Firestone Fast 6 appearance.
  • The Indianapolis 500 led to another milestone in VeeKay’s career as he became the youngest front row qualifier in “500” history. The 20-year-old earned the 3rd starting spot, placing an ECR car on the front row for the 7th time in nine years. He took the lead for the first time on Lap 2 and went on to pace the field for 32 laps before finishing 8th. VeeKay earned his first career victory just one month ago, winning the GMR Grand Prix. His sophomore season is off to a strong start, having scored five Top 10 finishes in six races. Those results have come on each type of track the NTT INDYCAR SERIES competes on, being a road course, a street course and an oval.
  • Daly’s return to the No. 20 coincides with the return of the B-2 Spirit car. The design of Daly’s 2021 road and street course car celebrates the U.S. Air Force’s B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. A dramatic leap forward in technology, the bomber represents a major milestone in the U.S. bomber modernization program. Its low-observable, or “stealth,” characteristics give it the unique ability to penetrate an enemy’s most sophisticated defenses and threaten its most valued and heavily defended targets.
  • While VeeKay drove the Bitcoin Chevrolet in the Indianapolis 500, the SONAX USA scheme he campaigned in the first five races transferred over to Carpenter’s No. 20. VeeKay will return to the No. 21 SONAX Chevrolet for the Detroit doubleheader. SONAX Car Care is an innovative manufacturer of premium car care products for optimum maintenance, protection and rejuvenation of vehicles. All products are developed and manufactured in Neuburg, Germany, where SONAX was founded over 50 years ago. Today, the brand is represented in 80 countries around the world and is available in the U.S. through car care superstore Autogeek.com.
  • This weekend, collectively referred to as the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, features the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit doubleheader. Daly and VeeKay must compete in two full-distance, points-paying races in a span of 24 hours. Qualifying for both races will take place less than three hours before each green flag. Saturday’s race will be broadcast on NBC, beginning at 2 p.m. ET. Race 2 on Sunday will also be on NBC with coverage starting at 12 p.m. ET. 
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CONOR DALY, No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet: “I am very excited to get back to Detroit with our B-2 Spirit U.S. Air Force Chevrolet. It is one of my favorite tracks and home to my best finish in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. We’ve come a long way with our car so far this year. We’ve been very competitive the last few races, which is really nice. It’s time for me to deliver on a street course and we’ve got two chances to do it!”
RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 SONAX Chevrolet: “Detroit is an awesome track, from what I’ve seen! I’ve never driven a racecar there before, so it’s very, very exciting to go to someplace new! It is going to be tough with only one practice, but I know ECR will have a great car to start with and that will make getting used to the track a lot easier. I just cannot wait to get driving again and a doubleheader, double the fun! Hopefully, we can keep getting podiums and wins. See you all there!”

ED CARPENTER LEADS HIS TEAM WITH A 5TH PLACE FINISH IN THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

Rinus VeeKay Finishes 8th; Conor Daly Leads Most Laps of All Drivers in 500-Mile Race

INDIANAPOLIS (May 30, 2021) – Indianapolis 500 Race Notes

• The 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is now complete and Ed Carpenter Racing capped off a strong Month of May with solid finishes by all three cars. The only owner/driver in the field, Ed Carpenter, led his team today with a 5th place result. Rinus VeeKay paced the field for 32 laps and finished 8th in only his second 500-mile race. Conor Daly led the most laps today (40) and was able to manage a 13th place finish after a loose tire struck his car near the midway point of the race.

• Carpenter continued to show his prowess at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this month. He earned the 4th starting position, which was the 6th time Carpenter has had a Top 10 start at IMS in the past nine years. A stall of his engine on his first pit stop dropped the No. 20 SONAX Chevrolet from 4th to 28th. Carpenter’s 18 years of experience, combined with smart strategy and quick work by the No. 20 crew in the pits, helped him rejoin the fight at the front with a quarter of the race remaining. His 5th place result today is one the 40-year-old’s strongest Indianapolis 500 finishes.

• VeeKay qualified 3rd, placing an ECR car on the front row of the Indianapolis 500 for the 7th time in nine years. Today, he became the youngest front row starter in ‘500’ history. The 20-year-old took the lead for the first time on Lap 2 and led 32 laps, the third-highest of all drivers in the field. VeeKay’s No. 21 Bitcoin Chevrolet was trapped behind a slow car entering the pit lane for his last stop, costing him multiple positions. In the final 10 laps of the race, VeeKay made up six of those spots to finish in 8th. Today’s result continues a string of solid finishes as he earned his fifth Top 10 in six races so far this season. 

• Daly’s U.S. Air Force Chevrolet was consistently one of the fastest cars of the month as he turned Top 5 lap times in five of six practice sessions. The first caution came at an opportune time for Daly and vaulted him from his 19th starting position to the front of the field. Five laps after the restart, Daly took the lead of the Indianapolis 500 for the first time. He would go on to lead 40 laps, the most of all drivers. On Lap 119, a Firestone Firehawk from Graham Rahal’s car bounced across the track, striking the nose of the No. 47. Daly completed the rest of the 500-mile race with a damaged car and took the checkered flag in the 13th position.

• Carpenter’s 5th place finish moved the No. 20 Chevrolet he shares with Daly up to 11th in the entrant points. VeeKay, full-time driver of the No. 21, now sits 5th in the driver point standings. The ECR team will enjoy a weekend off before turning their attention to the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. VeeKay and Daly will race in two full-length, points-paying races on the Belle Isle street course on June 12 and 13.

ED CARPENTER, No. 20 SONAX Chevrolet, Finished 5th: “On my first stop, I made a rookie mistake of stalling the car so we dug ourselves a hole. The No. 20 SONAX Chevrolet boys kicked ass today in the pits and with the strategy. This one is all them. The car was good, but it was tough deep in the pack. It was great to be able to get back to the fight at the end and get a Top 5. From how it was looking earlier in the day, to take home a Top 5 isn’t a bad day. It does still hurt losing this race and watching someone else celebrate. I am happy for Helio (Castroneves) – he is even older than me so it gives me hope still that I will keep coming back and chasing this thing!”

RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 Bitcoin Chevrolet, Finished 8th: “Leading over 30 laps today feels great. I am very happy with how I did and being able to finish 8th. I was leading in the first stint but we wanted to save some fuel so we worked with Conor (Daly) to run second. When the last yellow came out, we fell a bit short and it didn’t go our way. I was running 13th with a few laps to go so I have nothing to complain about. Lady Luck wasn’t on my side today but there are many more races this season and many more Indianapolis 500s in my future.”

CONOR DALY, No. 47 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet, Finished 13th: “The reason we did not win was because of our front wing. After Graham Rahal crashed, a giant tire just fell out of the sky! It is about par for the course for my luck and we had to work with what we had from there. The car started understeering quite a bit, but it was nice to be out front in the first half. We proved today that we are capable and belong up there. Everything has to go perfect so if you hit a flying tire, it’s tough!”

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