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JOSH PIERSON NAMED AS FIRST-EVER ED CARPENTER RACING DEVELOPMENT DRIVER WITH PLANS FOR 2025 INDYCAR CAMPAIGN

(INDIANAPOLIS) November 15, 2022 – Ed Carpenter Racing announced today a new driver development program featuring Josh Pierson. The 16-year-old will continue his ascent through the Road to Indy ranks with the intent of competing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2025 with ECR. Pierson, an Oregon native, will have the guidance and support of ECR team members as he furthers his career and will be mentored by team owner Ed Carpenter. Additionally, Pierson will begin testing one of ECR’s Chevrolet-powered Indy cars in 2023. 

Behind the wheel since he was just two years old, Pierson already has a long list of accomplishments and the young driver’s resume grows more today by becoming the first-ever development driver for Ed Carpenter Racing. “I’m honored by the confidence Ed Carpenter has placed in me and so incredibly grateful to have a path to INDYCAR with Ed Carpenter Racing,” stated Pierson. “I’ve been dreaming about racing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for as long as I can remember!”

Pierson has been re-writing the history books for several years, collecting accolades and victories as he progresses towards the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. After a decade of karting experience with numerous championships and national titles, he began racing open-wheel cars at 13. At ages 14 and 15, he was the youngest driver on the grid in the Road to Indy’s USF2000. In early 2022, he became the youngest driver to participate in IMSA’s Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Just two months later, he earned the title of the youngest race winner in the FIA’s World Endurance Championship (WEC) with a victory at the 1000 Miles of Sebring. As of June of 2022, he is the youngest starter in the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and finished 10th overall. This past weekend in Bahrain, Pierson concluded his 2022 WEC season with a 2nd place in the race, 3rd place in the championship standings and was named WEC’s equivalent of Rookie of the Year. 

Reaching the NTT INDYCAR SERIES is part of a five-year program for Pierson. For the next two years, he will focus on INDY NXT, formerly known as Indy Lights. INDY NXT is the final step in the Road to Indy before the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. With plans for a partial season in 2023, he will challenge for the INDY NXT championship in 2024 as he races the full calendar. Carpenter, the only active owner/driver in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, will mentor Pierson while working towards the goal of Pierson competing for ECR in 2025 and beyond.

Carpenter is excited for the long-term future of ECR and is confident in the addition of Pierson as a development driver“I have truly enjoyed getting to know Josh Pierson and his family.  For such a young man, he has already accomplished so much in his racing career.  Along with that, he is such a well-spoken and professional person,” commented Carpenter.  “I am confident with the plan that we have in place that he will develop into a complete racing driver. We very much look forward to working with him as we finalize his path to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES starting in 2025.”

The 2023 race season will see Pierson build upon his experience in multiple disciplines, competing in both U.S.-based and international series. Stateside, he will compete in a partial INDY NXT schedule with HMD Motorsports. He will also aim to continue his endurance racing success in LMP2 with United Autosports, competing across the globe in the FIA World Endurance Championship. As part of his development driver program with ECR, Pierson will begin testing in one of the team’s Chevrolet-powered NTT INDYCAR SERIES cars in 2023.

Pierson made his INDY NXT testing debut on October 21, 2022 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with HMD Motorsports. Both the 2023 INDY NXT and NTT INDYCAR SERIES seasons will begin the first weekend of March in the Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. ECR will continue to campaign two full-time entries, the No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet driven by Conor Daly and the Rinus VeeKay’s No. 21 BitNile Chevrolet. Carpenter will join Daly and VeeKay for the four oval races, expanding ECR’s lineup to three cars for those events.

RACE NOTES – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY RACE NOTES

14th: RINUS VEEKAY No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile Chevrolet
24th: CONOR DALY No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet
NEXT RACE: 2023 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE CHEVROLET

CONOR DALY, No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet, Finished 24th: “We had a really great start and a great first stint. I really enjoyed battling with Marcus Ericsson, Scott Dixon and Felix Rosenqvist. I am not entirely sure what happened after that, we have some research to do because it felt like there was something that was affecting the way the car drove the rest of the race. I just kind of had to hold on to get to the finish. It’s a real shame, these last three races were really tough and it’s hard to end the year this way. There are a lot of great things to look back on though, we had some great moments. Just not the way we wanted to finish it. Super clean year, didn’t hit anything, ever. The BitNile guys did a great job. We’ll be back and be better next year.”

RACE RESULTS:
START: 15th
FINISH: 24th
STATUS: Running
LAPS COMPLETED: 93/95
OF NOTE:
* Conor Daly qualified 15th for today’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, but didn’t stay in that position for long. In only one lap, he gained three spots to run 12th until his first pit stop. On Lap 12, he dove into the pit lane for a switch from red Firestone Firehawk tires to black. 
* Though he had just made his second pit stop on Lap 31, he took advantage of an open pit lane before an anticipated caution to make a third stop on Lap 38. The yellow flag did fly and he came in again three laps later to top off on fuel. 
* Managing the degradation of both black and red tires, he made two more stops on Lap 59 and 73. Despite difficult conditions, he persevered until the checkered flag and finished in the 24th position.

RINUS VEEKAY, NO. 21 BITCOIN RACING TEAM POWERED BY BITNILE CHEVROLET

RACE RESULTS:
START: 14th
FINISH: 14th
STATUS: Running
LAPS COMPLETED: 94/95
OF NOTE:
* Rinus VeeKay qualified 14th, but found himself back in 25th at the conclusion of the first lap. Undeterred, he charged back forward and made up eight positions in only 10 laps. By his first pit stop on Lap 14, he had cycled up to 12th. 
* Anticipating the caution, VeeKay came in for his second stop on Lap 38. On the Lap 42 restart, he quickly gained two more spots and was back to his starting position of 14th. A Lap 49 pit stop saw him chose a set of red tires for his third stint. 
* He exited the pit lane in the 24th position and raced as high as 11th on the red tires. A fourth and final pit stop followed on Lap 67, where he selected black Firehawks to finish the event. The No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile crew kept him in the 14th position, where he would finish the season finale. 

QUALIFYING NOTES – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

14th: RINUS VEEKAY 01:12.1442 (111.676 mph)
15th: CONOR DALY 01:12.2661 (111.488 mph)
TRACK: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
LOCATION: Monterey, California, USA
TRACK LAYOUT: 11-turn, 2.238-mile natural road course
RACE LENGTH: 95 laps/212.61 miles
BROADCAST: Sunday – 11:40 a.m. PT (NBC)

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE CHEVROLET

CONOR DALY, No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet, Qualified 15th: “Our qualifying session was a bit chaotic. To produce one lap and just get about a tenth and a half away from transferring was actually a good step forward for us. Last year we struggled here, I’m proud of the team for working really hard on this BitNile car. We’ll just get after it in the race. It’s going to be really interesting with the tire degradation, we have a set of reds that are saved. We’ll see what happens. We were close, definitely close!”

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LAGUNA SECA STATS
BEST START: 
13th (2019)
BEST FINISH: 
16th (2021)
NUMBER OF STARTS: 2
CAREER STATS
SEASON: 9th
STARTS: 96
POLES: 1
BEST FINISH: 2nd, Detroit 2016
OF NOTE:
* A red flag abbreviated Round 1, Group 1 of today’s qualifying, leaving Conor Daly with only one chance to turn a lap on red Firestone Firehawks. He made the most of the opportunity, missing a spot in the second round by less than two-tenths of a second. He was 8th at the checkered flag, giving him the 15th starting position in tomorrow’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. 
* Daly has competed in two NTT INDYCAR SERIES events at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, the 2019 and 2021 editions of the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. Last year, he ran a clean race and fought hard throughout the duration to bring home a 16th place finish. Daly is no stranger to success at Laguna Seca as he won both races of a Super Trofeo doubleheader at the course in 2019, one week before the INDYCAR race.
* BitNile Holdings, Inc. is the primary partner of the No. 20 Chevrolet as part of a multi-year deal. BitNile is a diversified holding company that specializes in disruptive technologies, including cryptocurrency and innovations in the field of Decentralized Finance (“DeFi”). They focus on large-scale crypto mining with energy efficient, powerful operations located in North America and operate their own high-density data center. BitNile invests in technology platforms that provide crypto holders a vehicle to earn interest on their crypto assets. 

RINUS VEEKAY, NO. 21 BITCOIN RACING TEAM POWERED BY BITNILE CHEVROLET

RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered By BitNile Chevrolet, Qualified 14th: “We definitely got better from practice to qualifying, but we should have advanced. A car came out in front of me on my second lap, so even though my time should have improved, it didn’t. It’s a bummer, but we definitely moved in the right direction. We should be in good shape for the warm up tomorrow and we’ve got some good things to try for the race.”

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LAGUNA SECA STATS
2021 START: 24th
2021 FINISH: 18th
NUMBER OF STARTS: 1
CAREER STATS
SEASON: 3rd
STARTS: 45
WINS: 1
POLES: 2
OF NOTE:
* A mere .045 of a second separated Rinus VeeKay from advancing to the second round of today’s qualifications. On his first lap on a set of red sticker Firestone Firehawks, he shot to the stop of the charts. During his second lap, a car exited the pit lane in front of him. He was not able to improve his time, but held on to the 7th position until the end of the session and will start 14th tomorrow.
* As the 2020 edition of the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey was cancelled, VeeKay has one previous NTT INDYCAR SERIES start at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Last year, he struggled with grip on his opening set of tires and had to switch from a three-stop strategy to a four-stop. In the closing laps, he made up four positions to finish 18th. Prior to joining the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, VeeKay competed in the 2019 Indy Lights doubleheader at the road course and won both races. 
* Through the generosity of BitNile Holdings, Inc. (BitNile), ECR’s Bitcoin Racing Team continued to grow in 2022. Beginning with the Indianapolis 500, VeeKay has driven the No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile Chevrolet. BitNile provided VeeKay the unique opportunity to design the car, allowing him pay homage to his native country of the Netherlands and his Dutch family, friends and supporters. Additionally, any individual who scans the unique QR code on the side of the No. 21 car and completes the registration receives free Bitcoin from Earnity, a community-based crypto platform of which BitNile is a significant investor. 

FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY PREVIEW

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
TRACK: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
LOCATION: Monterey, California, USA
TRACK LAYOUT: 11-turn, 2.238-mile natural road course
RACE LENGTH: 95 laps/212.61 miles
PRACTICE: Friday – 2:30-3:45 p.m. PT (Peacock Premium),
Saturday – 10:15-11:15 a.m. PT (Peacock Premium),
Sunday – 9-9:30 a.m. PT (Peacock Premium)
QUALIFYING: Saturday – 2:05-3:20 p.m. PT (Peacock Premium)
RACE: Sunday – 12:30 p.m. PT (NBC, 12 p.m. PT)

ED CARPENTER RACING

The 2022 season has come down to the final 95 laps of the year, the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. Ed Carpenter Racing drivers Conor Daly and Rinus VeeKay are eager to conclude their campaigns on a high note at the famous WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca road course. This weekend’s event is also part of a four-race technical partnership between ECR and Paretta Autosport. ECR provides support and personnel for Paretta Autosport’s No. 16, driven by Simona De Silvestro. The 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season finale will take place this Sunday, September 11 – VeeKay’s 22nd birthday.

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE CHEVROLET

CONOR DALY, No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet: “WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is a beautiful track, a great track for drivers. We obviously want to finish the season strong there after a tough go the past couple of races. Everyone at Ed Carpenter Racing wants to finish on a high note and hopefully we can get the job done for BitNile and all of the supporters we have had all year long!”

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Conor Daly 2022.jpgBIRTHDAY: December 11, 1990
HOMETOWN: Noblesville, IN
RESIDENCE: Indianapolis, IN
LAGUNA SECA STATS
BEST START: 13th (2019)
BEST FINISH: 16th (2021)
NUMBER OF STARTS: 2
CAREER STATS
SEASON: 9th
STARTS: 96
POLES: 1
BEST FINISH: 2nd, Detroit 2016
OF NOTE:
* Highlights of Conor Daly’s third season with ECR and first as full-time driver of No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet include the most successful Month of May of his career. He advanced through all rounds of qualifying and started 4th in the GMR Grand Prix, held on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Daly managed a 5th place finish in the race with some of the trickiest conditions of the year, with rain on and off for the duration of the event. Two weeks later, he paced the Indianapolis 500 field for several laps before finishing 6th – a career-best. Throughout the summer, Daly proved his versatility as a driver with strong finishes on both road courses and street courses. At the oval of Iowa Speedway, Daly qualified 3rd for both races of the doubleheader event. 
* Daly has competed in two NTT INDYCAR SERIES events at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, the 2019 and 2021 editions of the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. Last year, he ran a clean race and fought hard throughout the duration to bring home a 16th place finish. Daly is no stranger to success at Laguna Seca as he won both races of a Super Trofeo doubleheader at the course in 2019, one week before the INDYCAR race.
* BitNile Holdings, Inc. is the primary partner of the No. 20 Chevrolet as part of a multi-year deal. BitNile is a diversified holding company that specializes in disruptive technologies, including cryptocurrency and innovations in the field of Decentralized Finance (“DeFi”). They focus on large-scale crypto mining with energy efficient, powerful operations located in North America and operate their own high-density data center. BitNile invests in technology platforms that provide crypto holders a vehicle to earn interest on their crypto assets. 

RINUS VEEKAY, NO. 21 BITCOIN RACING TEAM POWERED BY BITNILE CHEVROLET

RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered By BitNile Chevrolet: “I am so excited to head back to Laguna Seca. I had two wins there in Indy Lights, I just love the track. It’s low grip and very fun. I also love the area and the whale watching! It will take a lot of work to be fast this weekend, but we are ready for it and ready to improve. It will be  the last race of the year and also my birthday! It will be a happy day, but also sad day because the season will be over!”

BIRTHDAY: September 11, 2000
HOMETOWN: Hoofddorp, Netherlands
RESIDENCE: Fort Lauderdale, FL
LAGUNA SECA STATS
2021 START: 24th
2021 FINISH: 18th
NUMBER OF STARTS: 1
CAREER STATS
SEASON: 3rd
STARTS: 45
WINS: 1
POLES: 2
OF NOTE:
* Rinus VeeKay’s third season as an NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver was off to a strong start immediately as he led three of the first four races and recored three Top 10 finishes. He captured his second career pole position at Barber Motorsports Park, led the most laps of all drivers and earned his first podium of the year. Heading into the Indianapolis 500, he qualified on the front row for a second consecutive year and was the fastest Chevrolet-powered driver for the third year in a row. During the grueling mid-summer stretch, VeeKay recorded two 4th place finishes and one 6th place.
* As the 2020 edition of the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey was cancelled, VeeKay has one previous NTT INDYCAR SERIES start at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Last year, he struggled with grip on his opening set of tires and had to switch from a three-stop strategy to a four-stop. In the closing laps, he made up four positions to finish 18th. Prior to joining the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, VeeKay competed in the 2019 Indy Lights doubleheader at the road course and won both races. 
* Through the generosity of BitNile Holdings, Inc. (BitNile), ECR’s Bitcoin Racing Team continued to grow in 2022. Beginning with the Indianapolis 500, VeeKay has driven the No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile Chevrolet. BitNile provided VeeKay the unique opportunity to design the car, allowing him pay homage to his native country of the Netherlands and his Dutch family, friends and supporters. Additionally, any individual who scans the unique QR code on the side of the No. 21 car and completes the registration receives free Bitcoin from Earnity, a community-based crypto platform of which BitNile is a significant investor. 

GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND QUALIFYING NOTES

GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND QUALIFYING NOTES

12th: RINUS VEEKAY 58.5356 (120.788 mph)
20th: CONOR DALY 58.4398 (120.986 mph)
TRACK: Portland International Raceway
LOCATION: Portland, Oregon, USA
TRACK LAYOUT: 12-turn, 1.964-mile natural road course
RACE LENGTH: 110 laps/216.04 miles
BROADCAST: Sunday – 12:30 p.m. PT (NBC, 12 p.m. PT)

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE CHEVROLET

CONOR DALY, No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet, Qualified 20th: “We just didn’t have enough today. It’s tough with these group sometimes, with the separation and differences between them. Overall, I don’t think our run was bad, it’s just super close here. It’s great to be in such a competitive series. When you are next to two guys that are literally fighting for the championship and you’re right with them, not transferring, it’s crazy! Today, we weren’t on the right end of it so we will work on it for tomorrow.”

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PORTLAND STATS
BEST START: 9th(2019)
BEST FINISH: 16th(2021)
NUMBER OF STARTS: 2
CAREER STATS
SEASON: 9th
STARTS: 95
POLES: 1
BEST FINISH: 2nd, Detroit 2016
OF NOTE:
* With the field split in half for this afternoon’s qualifying session, Conor Daly was assigned to Round 1, Group 2. He managed to turn eight laps around the Portland International Raceway road course in the allotted time, with his last lap being his quickest. At the end of the 10-minute session, he was 10th overall and would not advance. He will start 20th in tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Portland.
* Daly has two previous starts at Portland International Raceway. Despite never having driven a lap at the track prior to the 2019 NTT INDYCAR SERIES race weekend, he qualified solidly in the 9th position. Last year, he raced forward several times during the event and was on pace for a Top 10 finish. A wheel gun malfunction during his final pit stop cost him mere seconds, but translated to several positions on track. He charged forward once again, picking up six spots in the final 20 laps to finish 16th.
* BitNile Holdings, Inc. is the primary partner of the No. 20 Chevrolet as part of a multi-year deal. BitNile is a diversified holding company that specializes in disruptive technologies, including cryptocurrency and innovations in the field of Decentralized Finance (“DeFi”). They focus on large-scale crypto mining with energy efficient, powerful operations located in North America and operate their own high-density data center. BitNile invests in technology platforms that provide crypto holders a vehicle to earn interest on their crypto assets. 

RINUS VEEKAY, NO. 21 BITCOIN RACING TEAM POWERED BY BITNILE CHEVROLET

RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered By BitNile Chevrolet, Qualified 12th: “Being third quick in our first group was really good. My goal was to get into the Fast 12 this weekend after the pace we showed in practice, and we did that, but you always want more! The whole feel of the car totally changed from one run to the other so we are looking into that. But the team did a great job to give me a car that was able to comfortably make it to the Top 12. I really feel we should have been close to the Fast 6 there, so it’s tough! We did have a pretty good qualifying and we know what we need to do tomorrow.”

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PORTLAND STATS 2021 START: 25th 2021 FINISH: 17th
NUMBER OF STARTS: 1
CAREER STATS
SEASON: 3rd
STARTS: 44
WINS: 1
POLES: 2
OF NOTE:
* Rinus VeeKay’s Grand Prix of Portland race weekend began with two difficult practice sessions, but he showed the speed of the No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile Chevrolet in qualifying. His best lap in Round 1, Group 1 had him sitting 3rd on the time sheets and easily transferring to the second round. In Round 2, he was 12th at the checkered flag which will translate into his starting position for tomorrow. 
* Though VeeKay has only competed in one NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at Portland International Raceway, his history with ECR at the track goes back to the beginning of his Indy car career. In August of 2019, ECR selected VeeKay for an evaluation test at Portland. It was the first of two successful tests before he was named full-time driver of the team’s No. 21 Chevrolet prior to the 2020 season. In the 2021 Grand Prix of Portland, he gained an astonishing 16 positions on the opening lap, but strategy would not fall his way the rest of the day and he would have to settle for 17th place. While climbing the Road To Indy ranks, VeeKay earned four pole positions, one victory and three runner-up finishes in four races at Portland.
* Through the generosity of BitNile Holdings, Inc. (BitNile), ECR’s Bitcoin Racing Team will continue to grow in 2022. VeeKay is back in the No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile Chevrolet, the same design he campaigned in this year’s Indy 500. Any individual who scans the unique QR code on the side of the No. 21 car and completes the registration will receive free Bitcoin from Earnity, a community-based crypto platform of which BitNile is a significant investor. 

RACE PREVIEW – Grand Prix of Portland

GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND PREVIEW

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
TRACK: Portland International Raceway
LOCATION: Portland, Oregon, USA
TRACK LAYOUT: 12-turn, 1.964-mile natural road course
RACE LENGTH: 110 laps/216.04 miles
PRACTICE: 
Friday – 2:30-3:45 p.m. PT (Peacock Premium); 
Saturday – 9-10 a.m. PT (Peacock Premium), 4:15-4:45 p.m. PT (Peacock Premium)
QUALIFYING: 
Saturday – 12:05-1:20 p.m. PT (Peacock Premium)
RACE: 
Sunday – 12:30 p.m. PT (NBC, 12 p.m. PT)

ED CARPENTER RACING

Only two races remain in the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, beginning with this weekend’s Grand Prix of Portland. Ed Carpenter Racing will return to the Pacific Northwest for the penultimate round at Portland International Raceway before heading down the coast to the season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Rinus VeeKay is eager to return to Portland, a track where he had great success in the Road To Indy and his first experience in an NTT INDYCAR SERIES car. Quick at many of the road courses this year, Conor Daly welcomes the opportunity to finish his 2022 season strong.

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE CHEVROLET

CONOR DALY, No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet: “I’m excited to get out to the west coast and get back to racing! We’re really looking for a great finish to our season and ready to rebound from an unfortunate set of circumstances at our last race in St. Louis. There’s a lot of great history at Portland and it’s a great place to kick off these last two race weekends of the year.”

Conor Daly 2022.jpgBIRTHDAY: December 11, 1990
HOMETOWN: Noblesville, IN
RESIDENCE: Indianapolis, IN
PORTLAND STATS
BEST START: 9th (2019)
BEST FINISH: 16th (2021)
NUMBER OF STARTS: 2
CAREER STATS
SEASON: 9th
STARTS: 95
POLES: 1
BEST FINISH: 2nd, Detroit 2016
OF NOTE:
* Conor Daly’s first season as full-time driver of ECR’s No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet has featured many solid results. Earlier this season, Daly advanced through all rounds of qualifying and started 4th in the first race of May, the GMR Grand Prix. Battling both wet and dry conditions during the race, he earned a Top 5 finish. Two weeks later, he paced the Indianapolis 500 field for several laps before finishing 6th. Additional strong results followed the next three rounds at Detroit, Road America and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Later in the summer, Daly qualified 3rd for both races of the doubleheader at Iowa Speedway.
* Daly has two previous starts at Portland International Raceway. Despite never having driven a lap at the track prior to the 2019 NTT INDYCAR SERIES race weekend, he qualified solidly in the 9th position. Last year, he raced forward several times during the event and was on pace for a Top 10 finish. A wheel gun malfunction during his final pit stop cost him mere seconds, but translated to several positions on track. He charged forward once again, picking up six spots in the final 20 laps to finish 16th.
* BitNile Holdings, Inc. is the primary partner of the No. 20 Chevrolet as part of a multi-year deal. BitNile is a diversified holding company that specializes in disruptive technologies, including cryptocurrency and innovations in the field of Decentralized Finance (“DeFi”). They focus on large-scale crypto mining with energy efficient, powerful operations located in North America and operate their own high-density data center. BitNile invests in technology platforms that provide crypto holders a vehicle to earn interest on their crypto assets. 

RINUS VEEKAY, NO. 21 BITCOIN RACING TEAM POWERED BY BITNILE CHEVROLET

RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered By BitNile Chevrolet: “I’m excited for Portland – Pointland! I’m going to call it Pointland because we want to get all of the points! Do you get the point? We’re still fighting for a Top 10 in the championship so we need some good results. To start these last two west coast races well is really important. We’ve been working very hard and we have found some things that will help our race set up. When I was in the Road to Indy, I clinched a championship there and won a few races. I really like the track, so we hope to have a great weekend with lots of cheers!”

BIRTHDAY: September 11, 2000
HOMETOWN: Hoofddorp, Netherlands
RESIDENCE: Fort Lauderdale, FL
PORTLAND STATS
2021 START: 25th
2021 FINISH: 17th
NUMBER OF STARTS: 1
CAREER STATS
SEASON: 3rd
STARTS: 44
WINS: 1
POLES: 2
OF NOTE:
* Rinus VeeKay has filled his third season as an NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver with many accomplishments, including recent 4th place finishes at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Race 1 of the doubleheader at Iowa Speedway two weeks ago. In early May, he won his second career pole position and earned his first podium of 2022 with a third place at Barber Motorsports Park. A few weeks later, he qualified on the front row of the Indianapolis 500 for the second year in a row and started third. With his qualifying performance, he was the fastest Chevrolet-powered driver in the 33-car field for the third consecutive year. At the most recent road course race at IMS, he started 8th, fell to 16th on the first lap, and battled back to a 6th-place finish. 
* Though VeeKay has only competed in one NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at Portland International Raceway, his history with ECR at the track goes back to the beginning of his Indy car career. In August of 2019, ECR selected VeeKay for an evaluation test at Portland. It was the first of two successful tests before he was named full-time driver of the team’s No. 21 Chevrolet prior to the 2020 season. In the 2021 Grand Prix of Portland, he gained an astonishing 16 positions on the opening lap, but strategy would not fall his way the rest of the day and he would have to settle for 17th place. While climbing the Road To Indy ranks, VeeKay earned four pole positions, one victory and three runner-up finishes in four races at Portland.
* Through the generosity of BitNile Holdings, Inc. (BitNile), ECR’s Bitcoin Racing Team will continue to grow in 2022. VeeKay is back in the No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile Chevrolet, the same design he campaigned in this year’s Indy 500. Any individual who scans the unique QR code on the side of the No. 21 car and completes the registration will receive free Bitcoin from Earnity, a community-based crypto platform of which BitNile is a significant investor. 

BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 500 RESULTS

22nd: ED CARPENTER No. 33 Alzamend Neuro Chevrolet
23rd: CONOR DALY No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet
26th: RINUS VEEKAY No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile Chevrolet
NEXT RACE: Grand Prix of Portland, September 4 (NBC, 3 p.m. ET)

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE CHEVROLET

RACE RESULTS:
START: 15th
FINISH: 23rd
STATUS: Running
LAPS COMPLETED: 244/260
CONOR DALY, No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet, Finished 23rd: “To look at the positives tonight, I think we had a great racecar. I felt well capable of racing into the Top 10, I had a great start. I mad a bit of a mistake myself trying to pass Simon (Pagenaud) on the high line in Turns 3-4 and lost some time. We had an issue tonight that was out of our control and that was really tough. I love racing here so much, I though we had a great chance at a great result for the team today. It is definitely a tough one to take.”

RINUS VEEKAY, NO. 21 BITCOIN RACING TEAM POWERED BY BITNILE CHEVROLET

RACE RESULTS:
START: 23rd
FINISH: 26th
STATUS: Electrical
LAPS COMPLETED: 53/260
RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered By BitNile Chevrolet, Finished 26th: “The whole dash on my wheel froze. I couldn’t see the shifts and I couldn’t hear the tones so I was doing it on feeling. Coming into the pit lane, the speed limiter didn’t work so I didn’t know how fast I was going. We got a drive through, so we tried a power cycle on the car to fix the issue but that didn’t work. We tried some more things back in the garage to be able to finish the race, but unfortunately our night ended pretty early.”

ED CARPENTER, NO. 33 ALZAMEND NEURO CHEVROLET

RACE RESULTS:
START: 25th
FINISH: 22nd
STATUS: Running
LAPS COMPLETED: 256/260
ED CARPENTER, No. 33 Alzamend Neuro Chevrolet, Finished 22nd: “Tonight was a really disappointing way to end my season. I really appreciate the support from Todd Ault for the No. 33 this year and I was proud to represent Alzamend Neuro and carry their colors. I’ll be back to try again next year.”

BOMMARITO 500 QUALIFYING NOTES

16th: CONOR DALY 178.674 mph
23rd: RINUS VEEKAY 176.005 mph
25th: ED CARPENTER 173.667 mph
TRACK: World Wide Technology Raceway
LOCATION: Madison, Illinois, USA
TRACK LAYOUT: 1.25-mile oval
RACE LENGTH: 260 laps/325 miles
BROADCAST: Saturday – 5 p.m. CT (USA Network)

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE CHEVROLET

CONOR DALY, No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet, Qualified 16th: “We made a good step forward from practice. To pick up two tenths from practice to qualifying is a lot, the ECR guys have done a great job working with me. This is my first time here with this team, so it’s been a learning curve for all of us to get what I want out of it. We’re getting better and better every run and we did it again in qualifying. It’s obviously not where we want to be yet, but I do love this track. It’s one of my favorites. We can race forward!”

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WWT RACEWAY STATS
BEST START: 11th (2017)
BEST FINISH: 5th (2017)
NUMBER OF STARTS: 5
CAREER STATS
SEASON: 9th
STARTS: 94
POLES: 1
BEST FINISH: 2nd, Detroit 2016
OF NOTE:
* Conor Daly improved his fastest lap of the day nearly two tenths of a second from practice to qualifying. He will start 16th with a two-lap average speed of 178.674 mph.
* Each time Daly has competed at WWT Raceway, he has recorded a strong finish. In five races at the 1.25-mile oval, he has four Top 10s and has not finished lower than 11th. This weekend will be his first at WWT Raceway with ECR; for the past two seasons, Daly drove at the road and street courses and the Indianapolis 500 for ECR and Carlin for the remaining oval events.  
* BitNile Holdings, Inc. is the primary partner of the No. 20 Chevrolet as part of a multi-year deal. BitNile is a diversified holding company that specializes in disruptive technologies, including cryptocurrency and innovations in the field of Decentralized Finance (“DeFi”). They focus on large-scale crypto mining with energy efficient, powerful operations located in North America and operate their own high-density data center. BitNile invests in technology platforms that provide crypto holders a vehicle to earn interest on their crypto assets. 

RINUS VEEKAY, NO. 21 BITCOIN RACING TEAM POWERED BY BITNILE CHEVROLET

RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered By BitNile Chevrolet, Qualified 23rd: “I expected a little more out of the car, but I really pushed as hard as I could. We were really at the edge of the tire, even more so than last year. We’ve been struggling a little bit today, but this is a track where you can pass a lot of cars. Especially on restarts, there are a lot of things happening. Last year, I came from 24th and was almost up to the Top 10. You can definitely pass and we can do work from the back.”

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WWT RACEWAY STATS
BEST START: 14th (2020)
BEST FINISH: 4th (2020)
NUMBER OF STARTS: 3
CAREER STATS
SEASON: 3rd
STARTS: 43
WINS: 1
POLES: 2
OF NOTE:
Rinus VeeKay’s best lap in qualifying was over a mile and hour faster than what he turned in practice earlier today. His two lap average of 176.005 mph will have him rolling off 23rd tomorrow. 
Just two weeks ago, it was announced that VeeKay will continue with Ed Carpenter Racing in 2023 as part of a multi-year agreement. He has spent his entire NTT INDYCAR SERIES career behind the wheel of the No. 21 Chevrolet, including his rookie year of 2020 where the WWT Raceway weekend was his best to that point. VeeKay drove up to 6th in Race 1, which was his highest finish on an oval until the next day. At the start of Race 2, VeeKay went four-wide down the backstretch and gained seven positions in the first lap. He continued a spirited charge through the field for the duration of the event, eventually climbing to 4th place.
Through the generosity of BitNile Holdings, Inc. (BitNile), ECR’s Bitcoin Racing Team will continue to grow in 2022. VeeKay is back in the No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile Chevrolet, the same design he campaigned in this year’s Indy 500. Any individual who scans the unique QR code on the side of the No. 21 car and completes the registration will receive free Bitcoin from Earnity, a community-based crypto platform of which BitNile is a significant investor. 

ED CARPENTER, NO. 33 ALZAMEND NEURO CHEVROLET

ED CARPENTER, No. 33 Alzamend Neuro Chevrolet, Qualified 25th: “I’m pretty frustrated that we haven’t been able to solve our issues. It gets exacerbated by being the first to qualify constantly because it goes off of entrant points, but that’s the rule. We’ll be starting pretty far back, but we’ll see if we can do something with it.”

WWT RACEWAY STATS
BEST START: 5th (2017)
BEST FINISH: 2nd (2019)
NUMBER OF STARTS: 6
CAREER STATS
SEASON: 20th
STARTS: 195
WINS: 3
POLES: 4
OF NOTE:
* With the qualifying line set in the reverse order of entrant points, Ed Carpenter was the first car out to qualify this afternoon. His two lap average of 173.667 mph will have him 25th on tomorrow night’s starting grid. 
* Since it’s return to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES calendar in 2017, WWT Raceway has been the final oval race of the season. As Carpenter competes exclusively in the oval events, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 will mark the conclusion of his 20th season of Indy car competition. In his 2019 season finale at WWT Raceway, Carpenter worked his way through the entire field to earn a runner-up finish, missing the top step of the podium by a mere .0399 of a second.
* The No. 33 features the striking purple and aqua colors of Alzamend Neuro. Alzamend is focused on developing novel products for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and psychiatric disorders with a primary target of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzamend is committed to “Making Alzheimer’s Just a Memory.”

RACE PREVIEW – Bommarito 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway

BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 500 PREVIEW

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2022
TRACK: World Wide Technology Raceway
LOCATION: Madison, Illinois, USA
TRACK LAYOUT: 1.25-mile oval
RACE LENGTH: 260 laps/325 miles
PRACTICE: Friday – 12-1 p.m. CT (Peacock Premium),6-7:45 p.m. CT (Peacock Premium)
QUALIFYING: Friday – 3:15-4:15 p.m. CT (Peacock Premium)
RACE: Saturday – 5:30 p.m. CT (USA Network, 5 p.m. CT)

ED CARPENTER RACING

After a well-deserved weekend off, Ed Carpenter Racing’s crew and drivers will be back in action this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway. The 1.25-mile paperclip-shaped oval sits just across the river from St. Louis, Missouri and has been a fan favorite since returning to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule. As the final oval race of the year, it will mark the conclusion of team owner Ed Carpenter’s 20th season of Indy car competition. Conor Daly returns to a track where he has never finished worse than 11th, while Rinus VeeKay hopes to revisit his rookie year successes at WWT Raceway. 

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE CHEVROLET

CONOR DALY, No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet: “WWT Raceway is one of my favorite tracks on our schedule. This will be the first time I’ve raced with Ed Carpenter Racing there so I am excited to see what we can do together as a team. I definitely love everything about the event, the Bommarito Automotive Group does a great job putting it all together. We’re hoping to have the same speed we had in qualifying at Iowa a few weeks ago and we’ve worked to improve our race pace as well. I am very, very excited for this race, I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time. Can’t wait to get it going!”

Conor Daly 2022.jpgBIRTHDAY: December 11, 1990
HOMETOWN: Noblesville, IN
RESIDENCE: Indianapolis, IN
WWT RACEWAY STATS
BEST START: 11th (2017)
BEST FINISH: 5th (2017)
NUMBER OF STARTS: 5
CAREER STATS
SEASON: 9th
STARTS: 94
POLES: 1
BEST FINISH: 2nd, Detroit 2016
OF NOTE:
* Each time Conor Daly has competed at WWT Raceway, he has recorded a strong finish. In five races at the 1.25-mile oval, he has four Top 10s and has not finished lower than 11th. This weekend will be his first at WWT Raceway with ECR; for the past two seasons, Daly drove at the road and street courses and the Indianapolis 500 for ECR and Carlin for the remaining oval events. 
* Daly’s first season as full-time driver of ECR’s No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet featured a stretch of solid results. At the most recent oval event, he qualified 3rd for both races of the doubleheader at Iowa Speedway. Earlier this season, he advanced through all rounds of qualifying and started 4th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Battling both wet and dry conditions during the race, he earned his first Top 5 finish of the year. Two weeks later, he paced the Indianapolis 500 field for several laps before finishing 6th. Additional strong results followed the next three rounds at Detroit, Road America and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
* BitNile Holdings, Inc. is the primary partner of the No. 20 Chevrolet as part of a multi-year deal. BitNile is a diversified holding company that specializes in disruptive technologies, including cryptocurrency and innovations in the field of Decentralized Finance (“DeFi”). They focus on large-scale crypto mining with energy efficient, powerful operations located in North America and operate their own high-density data center. BitNile invests in technology platforms that provide crypto holders a vehicle to earn interest on their crypto assets. 

RINUS VEEKAY, NO. 21 BITCOIN RACING TEAM POWERED BY BITNILE CHEVROLET

RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered By BitNile Chevrolet: “I am so excited to go back to WWT Raceway. One of my best-ever results on an oval came there in 2020 and we had a pretty good race going last year as well. I am looking forward to it a lot! Having Iowa Speedway on the schedule this year will also help us be more prepared for this weekend. I think we can make it a very good race and it’s going to be very exciting. It’s nice to be going back to three cars and having the data from both Ed (Carpenter) and Conor (Daly), Conor is a very good driver on the short ovals and this is the first race at Gateway where he’ll be my teammate. We want to race up front all of Saturday and get into the Top 10 in the championship!”

RVK Orange.jpgBIRTHDAY: September 11, 2000
HOMETOWN: Hoofddorp, Netherlands
RESIDENCE: Fort Lauderdale, FL
WWT RACEWAY STATS
BEST START: 14th (2020)
BEST FINISH: 4th (2020)
NUMBER OF STARTS: 3
CAREER STATS
SEASON: 3rd
STARTS: 43
WINS: 1
POLES: 2
OF NOTE:
* Just two weeks ago, it was announced that Rinus VeeKay will continue with Ed Carpenter Racing in 2023 as part of a multi-year agreement. He has spent his entire NTT INDYCAR SERIES career behind the wheel of the No. 21 Chevrolet, including his rookie year of 2020 where the WWT Raceway weekend was his best to that point. VeeKay drove up to 6th in Race 1, which was his highest finish on an oval until the next day. At the start of Race 2, VeeKay went four-wide down the backstretch and gained seven positions in the first lap. He continued a spirited charge through the field for the duration of the event, eventually climbing to 4th place.
* VeeKay has filled his third season with many accomplishments, including finishing 4th in Race 1 at Iowa Speedway, the most recent oval event. In early May, he won his second career pole position and earned his first podium of 2022 with a third place at Barber Motorsports Park. A few weeks later, he qualified on the front row of the Indianapolis 500 for the second year in a row and started third. With his qualifying performance, he was the fastest Chevrolet-powered driver in the 33-car field for the third consecutive year. Additional strong finishes last month include a 4th place at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and 6th at the IMS Road Course.
* Through the generosity of BitNile Holdings, Inc. (BitNile), ECR’s Bitcoin Racing Team will continue to grow in 2022. VeeKay is back in the No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile Chevrolet, the same design he campaigned in this year’s Indy 500. Any individual who scans the unique QR code on the side of the No. 21 car and completes the registration will receive free Bitcoin from Earnity, a community-based crypto platform of which BitNile is a significant investor. 

ED CARPENTER, NO. 33 ALZAMEND NEURO CHEVROLET

ED CARPENTER, No. 33 Alzamend Neuro Chevrolet: “I am excited to get back to World Wide Technology Raceway! It was a tough race for me there last year, but it is a track I have always enjoyed competing at. I am ready to make up for last year and end my driving season on a high note! Having a break after Nashville was great for the team, so we are all very energized and ready to use this event as a springboard for a strong run to the end of the season.”

Ed Carpenter Alzamend copy.jpgBIRTHDAY: March 3, 1981
HOMETOWN: Indianapolis, IN
RESIDENCE: Indianapolis, IN
WWT RACEWAY STATS
BEST START: 5th (2017)
BEST FINISH: 2nd (2019)
NUMBER OF STARTS: 6
CAREER STATS
SEASON: 20th
STARTS: 195
WINS: 3
POLES: 4
OF NOTE:
Since it’s return to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES calendar in 2017, WWT Raceway has been the final oval race of the season. As Ed Carpenter competes exclusively in the oval events, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 will mark the conclusion of his 20th season of Indy car competition. In his 2019 season finale at WWT Raceway, Carpenter worked his way through the entire field to earn a runner-up finish, missing the top step of the podium by a mere .0399 of a second.
Carpenter’s 2022 campaign has included Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and a doubleheader at Iowa Speedway. By pacing the field at Texas, he has led at least one race in 14 of the past 15 NTT INDYCAR SERIES seasons. At his hometown race, the Indianapolis 500, he qualified amongst the Top 4 for the 7th time in the past 10 years. 
Though Carpenter’s car is an expansion to ECR’s usual two-car program, the No. 33 pit consists of many familiar faces. Most crew members are an annual part of ECR’s Indy 500 program, some having been with the team since its first time with three cars in 2015. Many of the No. 33 crew also assist on the No. 16 as part of ECR’s technical partnership with Paretta Autosport.
The No. 33 features the striking purple and aqua colors of Alzamend Neuro. Alzamend is focused on developing novel products for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and psychiatric disorders with a primary target of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzamend is committed to “Making Alzheimer’s Just a Memory.”

RACE NOTES – Street of Nashville

MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX RACE NOTES

12th: RINUS VEEKAY No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile Chevrolet
17th: CONOR DALY No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet
NEXT RACE: Bommarito Automotive Group 500,
August 20 (USA Network, 6 p.m. ET)

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE CHEVROLET

CONOR DALY, No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet, Finished 17th: “We were taking advantage of everything that we needed to. We had a good start, got a couple of spots, cycled forward, avoided accidents. But we just got hit really, really hard in the rear region of the car and broke the gearbox. Jack Harvey hit me, but he didn’t have anywhere to go either. It’s hard, if I go any deeper into that corner, I hit the two guys in front of me. We were just an innocent victim. The BitNile guys did an incredible job getting us back out there. We picked up a lot of positions as the race when on, due to even more chaos. Again, not where we wanted to be but we salvaged what we could.”

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RACE RESULTS:
START: 22nd
FINISH: 17th
STATUS: Running
LAPS COMPLETED: 74/80
OF NOTE:
* Conor Daly qualified 22nd for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, but quickly moved forward during the race. The first caution flag flew on Lap 8 and Daly was already up six positions to 16th. His first pit stop came under the second caution, on Lap 23, and he entered the pit lane rom the 12th position.
* He held the 12th position until the Lap 41 restart, when he was struck from behind by another competitor. With damage to the gearbox, he had to stop for a change to a new gear stack. The No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet crew worked an an astounding pace, completing the change in only six laps. 
* Despite being several laps down to the field, Daly persevered. He was the last car running after the unscheduled pit stop; by the end of the race, he had climbed back up to the 17th position. 

RINUS VEEKAY, NO. 21 BITCOIN RACING TEAM POWERED BY BITNILE CHEVROLET

RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered By BitNile Chevrolet, Finished 12th: “Well, well, well. Things that do not go together: oil and water and Rinus VeeKay and luck! Really, to begin with, I had an amazing race. I was passing people and really enjoying driving out there. I was actually ahead of the whole podium. It was going pretty good until I severely locked my brakes in Turn 9 and lost a bit. Then in the pits, lost a few positions, no biggie. Got them back! Then a driver who is many, many laps down went to inspect the wall and I couldn’t avoid him. I lost a lap there and just had to hang back. But ended up P12, not bad. All things considered: drove like a champion…finished 12th.”

RVK Orange.jpgRACE RESULTS:
START: 10th
FINISH: 12th
STATUS: Running
LAPS COMPLETED: 84/85
OF NOTE:
* Rinus VeeKay started 10th in today’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. He settled into the 12th position after the green flag, but did not stay there for long. Ten laps into the event, he began his charge forward. By his first pit stop on Lap 23, he was up to 8th. 
* As the different pit strategies played out, VeeKay found himself 11th. As he was on the alternate green Firehawks, he was able to use them to his advantage at each of the restarts. He had climbed up to 6th before his second pit stop on Lap 50. Unfortunately, two laps later, he came around Turn 4 to find another car had made contact with the tire barrier. With nowhere to go, VeeKay too went into the tires and struck the stopped car. 
* Damage was limited to only the front wing and repairs were quickly made to the No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile Chevrolet. He rejoined the race in 18th, albeit one lap behind the field. In the last 15 laps of the race, five cars dropped out and VeeKay picked up each position. A second-to-last lap pass propelled VeeKay up to the 12th finish position. 
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