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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. 

MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING NOTES

10th: RINUS VEEKAY 01:15.3897 (100.279 mph)
22nd: CONOR DALY 01:16.3955 (98.959 mph)

TRACK: Streets of Downtown Nashville
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

TRACK LAYOUT: 2.15-mile, 11-turn street circuit
RACE LENGTH: 80 laps/173.6 miles

BROADCAST: Sunday – 2:30 p.m. CT (NBC, 2 p.m. CT)

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE CHEVROLET

CONOR DALY, No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet, Qualified 22nd: “Today was a tough day for us. We have made the car better in every session, but we just seem to be missing a bit still. Hopefully, we can keep working on it overnight and go racing tomorrow. Anything can happen here obviously, we’ll just try to take advantage of everything situation we can and keep moving forward.”

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NASHVILLE STATS
2021 START: 20th 
2021 FINISH: 12th 
NUMBER OF STARTS: 1

CAREER STATS
SEASON: 9th
STARTS: 93
POLES: 1
BEST FINISH: 2nd, Detroit 2016
OF NOTE:
* With the field split in half for qualifying, Conor Daly was assigned to Round 1, Group 2. He managed to turn seven laps around the tight street circuit in the allotted time with his 6th lap being his quickest. At the end of the 10-minute session, he was 11th overall and would not advance. 
* Daly’s first experience with the Music City Grand Prix was eventful. Prior to qualifying, Daly had not been able to turn any laps on the red tires and had to learn their characteristics on the fly. He qualified 20th and dropped back several positions in the opening laps as he tried to avoid on-track issues around him. An early pit stop, combined with numerous yellow laps and red flags, moved him as high as 3rd and allowed him to stay out until Lap 52. The late race stop ensured he was able to finish with plenty of fuel. As other competitors stopped again and had problems, Daly moved up to a 12th-place finish. 
* 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 10th: “After being 22nd in practice, I am pretty happy to be starting P10! We were almost two seconds faster than we were in practice, we took a really big chunk of time off. It’s important at this place to stay as far ahead of as much as you can. We are ahead of a lot, I think we will be fine. And I probably deserve to wear my cowboy hat again!”

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NASHVILLE STATS
2021 START: 22nd 
2021 FINISH: 24th 
NUMBER OF STARTS: 1

CAREER STATS
SEASON: 3rd
STARTS: 42
WINS: 1
POLES: 2
OF NOTE:
* Two tough practice sessions preceded today’s qualifying session for Rinus VeeKay, but he improved his lap time by nearly two seconds in qualifying. In a red-flag shortened Round 1, Group 1, he found himself 5th on the time sheets and transferring to the second round. VeeKay finished Round 2 in 10th, which translates into his starting position for tomorrow.
* VeeKay is looking for redemption in Nashville as his experience with the inaugural Music City Grand Prix was a difficult one. In qualifying, he brushed the wall and was left 22nd on the starting grid. He was up ten positions when he came across a completely blocked track only 20 laps in. With nowhere to go, the VeeKay made contact with the stopped cars and was then hit from behind. Repairs to the suspension were made and VeeKay re-entered the race, but the car was too damaged and he was forced to retire from the event. 
* 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 RACING WELCOMES THE SINGING MACHINE TO THE MUSIC CITY GRAND PRI

Source: Team PR

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) August 5, 2022 – Ed Carpenter Racing announced today an associate partnership with The Singing Machine Company, Inc. (Singing Machine, NASDAQ: MICS). The North American leader in consumer karaoke products will be displayed on both the No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet of Conor Daly and the No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile Chevrolet of Rinus VeeKay in this weekend’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES event in the streets of downtown Nashville, Tennessee will begin on Friday, August 5 and culminate with an 80-lap race on Sunday, August 7.

Singing Machine was the first to provide karaoke systems for home entertainment in the United States and now offer the industry’s widest line of karaoke products. In addition to their Home Karaoke Series and Kids Series, Singing Machine also offers products for use within vehicles. The in-car mics are part of the CARPOOL KARAOKE universe, in partnership with the popular recurring segment on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN. Ed Carpenter Racing team partner BitNile Holdings, Inc. (BitNile) is the majority shareholder of Singing Machine.

BitNile’s Founder and Executive Chairman, Milton “Todd” Ault, III, stated, “I have admired Singing Machine for more than a decade. Singing is a basic human action and music has the power to evoke an emotional response within us. Gary and his team have built a company that that is a clear leader in its category. We look forward to supporting his plans to lead Singing Machine for years to come.”

ECR team owner Ed Carpenter is honored to welcome another of Mr. Ault’s companies to his team. “It is great to welcome an additional BitNile-associated company to ECR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES,” stated Carpenter. He continued, “Based on the success we have seen this season with Earnity, Alzamend Neuro and TurnOnGreen, we know Singing Machine will be another innovate and enthusiastic partner for our team. We hope the fans love what they are bringing to the Music City Grand Prix!”

In addition to placement on the wheel ramps on ECR’s No. 20 and No. 21 Chevrolets, Singing Machine will have two unique activation areas on-site at the Music City Grand Prix and branding around the circuit. Often seen in the streets of Nashville, the popular CARPOOL KARAOKE Party Bus will be parked inside the venue and provide an immersive experience. Near the NTT INDYCAR SERIES paddock, a Singing Machine karaoke lounge will also welcome fans.


Gary Atkinson, CEO of Singing Machine, commented, “As a music company, we’re thrilled to be heading to the Music City Grand Prix in Nashville with Ed Carpenter Racing. We have some phenomenal branding on their No. 20 and No. 21 BitNile cars and Singing Machine signage throughout the event. We have also planned an innovative CARPOOL KARAOKE activation bus and a Singing Machine karaoke lounge. INDYCAR fans are some of the best in the world and we are excited for the opportunity to introduce our brand in front of tens of thousands of new customers!”

Singing Machine will invite spectators to demo products throughout the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix event weekend. On-track activity will begin on Friday, August 5 with the opening practice session at 3:15 p.m. CT. Saturday, August 6 will feature second practice at 11:15 a.m. CT and qualifying at 3:30 p.m. CT, followed by a warm-up session at 9:15 a.m. CT on Sunday. The 80-lap Big Machine Music City Grand Prix will be broadcast live on NBC, with coverage starting at 3:30 p.m. CT on Sunday, August 7.

RINUS VEEKAY, ED CARPENTER RACING REACH MULTI-YEAR AGREEMENT TO CONTINUE IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES

ECR’s No. 21 Chevrolet Will Be Piloted by Young Dutch Talent for a Fourth Consecutive Season in 2023

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) August 4, 2022 – Ed Carpenter Racing announced today that Rinus VeeKay will remain the driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet for the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season and beyond as part of a multi-year agreement. The 21-year-old joined ECR prior to the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season and has spent the entirety of his Indy car career with the Indianapolis-based team. VeeKay will compete in the full 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule behind the wheel of the No. 21, which he will campaign for a fourth consecutive year.

“I am very excited to continue with Ed Carpenter Racing for what will be my fourth year in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES! Ed Carpenter gave me the opportunity to drive for the team when I came out of Indy Lights and has let me showcase my talents in an Indy car ever since,” VeeKay stated. “The continuity at ECR is great, there have barely been any changes in my time here and it’s very nice to have the same group of people around me all the time. We have been stepping up our game every season and with the support of Todd Ault and BitNile, we can really move forward as we head into 2023.”

Raised in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, Rinus van Kalmthout began karting in 2009 at the age of 8. With sights set firmly on the pinnacle of North American open wheel racing, he transitioned to the Road to Indy in 2017 and launched his U.S. career driving as Rinus VeeKay. Just four years later, VeeKay not only reached the NTT INDYCAR SERIES but earned the 2020 Rookie of the Year honors. The following season, he joined the ranks of NTT INDYCAR SERIES race winners with his first career victory on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. 

ECR team owner Ed Carpenter watched VeeKay’s progression through the Road to Indy, which included one championship, two second-place finishes in points standings, 16 wins and 36 podiums in just 48 races. Carpenter selected the Dutch driver for his team in late 2019 and VeeKay has been with ECR for every race since.  “I am so happy to be able to extend our relationship with Rinus, he is an extremely versatile and talented driver,” stated Carpenter. He continued, “It has been and remains our hope to build our team to new heights with Rinus helping lead the charge.  Our goals and expectations are to win races and to compete for championships. With Rinus’s growth and the support from BitNile and Todd Ault, we are primed for success.”

VeeKay is midway through his third season as an NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver and continues to build on his impressive resume. In addition to his Rookie of the Year title, his debut season included his first pole position and first podium finish. Two weeks after his first victory in May of 2021, he started on the front row of the Indianapolis 500. He replicated that in 2022, again starting from the 3rd position. VeeKay has been the fastest Chevrolet-powered driver in the field for each of his Indianapolis 500 starts. He also earned his second pole position this season, this time at Barber Motorsports Park, where he took the checkered flag in 3rd. VeeKay has put together a string of strong results in the recent summer stretch, finishing in the Top 6 in three of the five races that took place in July. 

VeeKay is grateful for the support he has received. “I really want to thank Ed, Tony George, Stuart Reed for giving me the opportunity to continue with ECR. The entire team deserves my gratitude, everyone out in the race shop that works so hard every day to make me fast on track.” He continued, “We still have a season to finish this year, but it’s great to know future plans. It motivates me, the team and everyone around us to get more great results before we focus on next year!”

VeeKay is the longest-tenured full-time driver in Ed Carpenter Racing’s 11-year history. Since its inception in 2012, ECR has raced exclusively in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The team has shown its versatility by earning eight wins across each style of track the series competes on – street and road courses, short ovals and super speedways. ECR boasts 40 Top 5 results to date, 24 of which have been podium finishes. For 10 of the team’s 11 Indianapolis 500s, ECR has had at least one car qualify in the first three rows. An ECR Chevrolet has sat on the front row eight of those years, including three pole positions by Carpenter (2013, 2014 and 2018). 

Four races remain in the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, including this weekend’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix in the streets of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. ECR’s 2022 campaign includes two full-time entries: VeeKay in the No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile Chevrolet and the No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet, driven by Conor Daly. Carpenter competes in the oval events in a third ECR entry, the No. 33 Alzamend Neuro Chevrolet. The 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule will be announced at a later date.

RACE PREVIEW – Streets of Nashville

Source: Team PR

MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

  • FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 7
  • TRACK: Streets of Downtown Nashville
  • LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  • TRACK LAYOUT: 2.15-mile, 11-turn street circuit
  • RACE LENGTH: 80 laps/173.6 miles
  • PRACTICE: 
  • Friday – 3:15-4:30 p.m. CT (Peacock Premium), 
  • Saturday – 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. CT (Peacock Premium), 
  • Sunday – 9:15-9:45 a.m. CT (Peacock Premium), 
  • QUALIFYING: Saturday – 3:30-4:45 p.m. CT (Peacock Premium)
  • RACE: Sunday – 2:30 p.m. CT (NBC, 2 p.m. CT)

A busy summer stretch for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES culminates this weekend with the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. The highly-anticipated event returns to the downtown streets of Nashville, Tennessee for a second year and marks the 5th race for Ed Carpenter Racing in four weeks. The tricky street circuit presented many challenges for Conor Daly and Rinus VeeKay in 2021 and both are ready to build on their performances from the inaugural event. Nashville is also part of a three-race technical partnership between ECR and Paretta Autosport. ECR provides support and personnel for Paretta Autosport’s No. 16, driven by Simona De Silvestro.

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE CHEVROLET

CONOR DALY, No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet: “I think everyone in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES is excited to go back to Nashville! Last year’s event was fantastic, it was great to see so many people out there. I look forward to seeing how the track has changed over the past year and the improvements that have been made. We hope to get our best street course result of the season, we know that race can be chaotic so we will be ready to take advantage of the chaos. There was a man that flew through the air last year and still won the race, so anything is possible!”

OF NOTE:

  • Conor Daly’s first season as full-time driver of ECR’s No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet has featured a stretch of solid results. Just two weeks ago, Daly qualified 3rd for both races of the doubleheader at Iowa Speedway. 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.
  • Daly’s first experience with the Music City Grand Prix was eventful. Prior to qualifying, Daly had not been able to turn any laps on the red tires and had to learn their characteristics on the fly. He qualified 20th and dropped back several positions in the opening laps as he tried to avoid on-track issues around him. An early pit stop, combined with numerous yellow laps and red flags, moved him as high as 3rd and allowed him to stay out until Lap 52. The late race stop ensured he was able to finish with plenty of fuel. As other competitors stopped again and had problems, Daly moved up to a 12th-place finish. 
  • 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 very excited to go back to Nashville! Last year was a little ‘crashville’ for me, but we will be better this year! Improvements have been made to the track and it’s going to be a little wider, so that will be good. We feel confident about our set up and should be fast! I’m looking forward to getting my cowboy hat out and putting it on my head!”

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. Last Saturday on the IMS Road Course, he started 8th, fell to 16th on the first lap, and battled back to a 6th-place finish. 
  • VeeKay is looking for redemption in Nashville as his experience with the inaugural Music City Grand Prix was a difficult one. In qualifying, he brushed the wall and was left 22nd on the starting grid. He was up ten positions when he came across a completely blocked track only 20 laps in. With nowhere to go, the VeeKay made contact with the stopped cars and was then hit from behind. Repairs to the suspension were made and VeeKay re-entered the race, but the car was too damaged and he was forced to retire from the event. 
  • 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. 

GALLAGHER GRAND PRIX RACE NOTES

GALLAGHER GRAND PRIX RACE NOTES

CONOR DALY, No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet, Finished 17th: “I made a mistake today in pits, stalling the car. The team gave me a really great car, it was really fast. I can admit when I make a mistake and it was a real shame. We will try to bounce back next week. I am thankful the car was fast as it was.”

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RACE RESULTS:
START: 10th
FINISH: 17th
STATUS: Running
LAPS COMPLETED: 85/85
OF NOTE:
* Conor Daly deftly avoided a car spun on track on the opening lap, moving up from his starting position of 10th up to 6th. He made his first pit stop on Lap 12, swapping his opening set of black Firestone Firehawks for red tires. The No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet stalled on launch, dropping Daly to one of the last cars running. 
* With a quick car under him, Daly tried to charge back forward. Anticipating a caution for a car stopped on track, Daly dove into the pit lane on Lap 35. The yellow did fly, but after everyone had the opportunity to stop. On the restart, Daly lost ground when he was pushed off-track by another competitor. He quickly made the positions back and was up to 17th. 
* Daly held the position through his third pit stop on Lap 60. Ten laps later, he made his way around another driver for 16th. However, with three laps to go, he was forced to give up one spot on a blocking penalty. He finished 17th in today’s Gallagher Grand Prix. 

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

RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered By BitNile Chevrolet, Finished 6th: “Today was pretty good, I’m pretty happy. Had a great start, until the greatness faded away in Turn 2. Even to this moment, I cannot really tell you what happened. There was a lot going on! I had to really get out of it so I didn’t crash or get any damage. I was 16th after that, but got back to 6th! If we didn’t have that issue on the opening lap, I really feel like we would have been in contention for a podium. We did everything we could today!”

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START: 8th
FINISH: 6th
STATUS: Running
LAPS COMPLETED: 85/85
OF NOTE:
* Rinus VeeKay started from 8th, but lost eight positions on the first lap as a car spun on track directly in front of him. VeeKay managed to avoid contact and picked four positions back up the following lap. On Lap 10, he elected to pit for a change from black Firestone Firehawks to reds. 
* As different strategies played out, VeeKay cycled back up the order. The No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile Chevrolet crew was set up to pit on Lap 35 when a car stopped on track. He was able to complete his stop before the yellow flag, but the track stayed green until everyone was able to stop and VeeKay remained 10th.
* VeeKay began to work his way forward, picking up several spots after the ensuing restart. When the race leader had trouble, VeeKay moved up into 6th. He made his third pit stop on Lap 60 and kept the position. Despite cars behind him having more push-to-pass than he did, he kept them at bay and took the checkered flag in 6th. 

GALLAGHER GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

FRIDAY, JULY 29 – SATURDAY, JULY 30
TRACK: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course
LOCATION: Speedway, Indiana, USA
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course
RACE LENGTH: 85 laps / 207.32 miles

PRACTICE: 
Friday – 9:30-11 a.m. ET (Peacock Premium), 
Saturday – 8:15-8:45 a.m. ET (Peacock Premium), 

QUALIFYING: Friday – 1-2:15 p.m. ET (Peacock Premium)

RACE: Saturday – 12:30 p.m. ET (NBC, 12 p.m. ET)

ED CARPENTER RACING

For the second time this year, Conor Daly and Rinus will take on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is in a stretch of five races in four weeks and the IMS road course marks the third type of track in as many weeks. The Gallagher Grand Prix will be one of three major events this weekend as the NASCAR Xfinity Series also competes on Saturday and the NASCAR Cup Series will race on Sunday. The track layout incorporates portions of Turns 1 and 2 and the frontstraight of the famed oval with the remainder of the circuit throughout the infield.

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE CHEVROLET

CONOR DALY, No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet: “I am definitely looking forward to the Gallagher Grand Prix! We’ve been successful on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in the past, finishing in the Top 5 there earlier this year was nice! We’d like to do that again and be on the podium this time. We know we have a strong car and we are excited to race back home again in Indiana!”

Conor Daly 2022.jpgBIRTHDAY: December 11, 1990
HOMETOWN: Noblesville, IN
RESIDENCE: Indianapolis, IN

IMS ROAD COURSE STATS
BEST START: 4th (May 2022)
BEST FINISH: 5th (May2022)
NUMBER OF STARTS: 8

CAREER STATS
SEASON: 9th
STARTS: 92
POLES: 1
BEST FINISH: 2nd, Detroit 2016
OF NOTE:
* The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is truly Conor Daly’s home track as he was born and raised in nearby Noblesville, Ind. When the NTT INDYCAR SERIES raced on the IMS road course mid-May, Daly had his most successful weekend with ECR to date. For the second year in a row, he advanced to the Firestone Fast 6 of the GMR Grand Prix. He started 4th, and after battling both wet and dry track conditions, he earned his first Top 5 finish of the season with a 5th place.
* Daly’s first season as full-time driver of ECR’s No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet featured a stretch of solid results, beginning with the GMR Grand Prix. Two weeks after the road course race, Daly paced the Indianapolis 500 field for several laps before finishing a career-best 6th. Additional strong results followed the next three rounds at Detroit, Road America and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Last week at Iowa, he qualified third for both races of the doubleheader event. 
* 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: “Going back to the Racing Capital of the World is always awesome! The Indy road course a place where I have had a lot of success. I had my first pole position, first-ever podium and eventually first-ever NTT INDYCAR SERIES win! I can’t wait to go for another podium or win at IMS!”

BIRTHDAY: September 11, 2000
HOMETOWN: Hoofddorp, Netherlands
RESIDENCE: Fort Lauderdale, FL

IMS ROAD COURSE STATS
BEST START: 1st (October 2020)
BEST FINISH: 1st (May 2021)
NUMBER OF STARTS: 6

CAREER STATS
SEASON: 3rd
STARTS: 41
WINS: 1
POLES: 2
OF NOTE:
* The IMS Road Course is home to many of Rinus VeeKay’s career milestones. In just the second race of his rookie season in 2020, VeeKay recorded his first Top 5 finish on the road course. When the NTT INDYCAR SERIES returned in October of that year, VeeKay earned his first pole position, led the first laps of his career and earned his first podium finish. In May 2021, he joined the ranks of race winners when he scored his first victory. 
* VeeKay has filled his third season with many accomplishments, including two recent 4th place finishes at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Race 1 of last weekend’s doubleheader at Iowa Speedway. 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. 
* 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 NOTES – Hy-VeeDeals.com 250 at Iowa Speedway

IOWA SPEEDWAY RACE 1 NOTES

4th: RINUS VEEKAY No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile Chevrolet
19th: CONOR DALY No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet
25th: ED CARPENTER No. 33 Alzamend Neuro Chevrolet
NEXT RACE: Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300, July 24 (NBC, 3 p.m. ET)

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE CHEVROLET

CONOR DALY, No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet, Finished 19th: “It’s obviously not how we wanted the day to go. We started off quick, but the tires just go off so aggressively all race long. It was a tough situation for us, just really hard to keep the grip underneath us. We’ll try to make some changes for tomorrow. Obviously, we have a quick car on new tires, but we need to elongate that. Really, really tough day, but thankfully we have another race tomorrow where we start up front.”

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RACE RESULTS:
START: 3rd
FINISH: 19th
STATUS: Running
LAPS COMPLETED: 249/250
OF NOTE:
* Conor Daly started on the inside of the second row for this afternoon’s race. He held the provisional pole for much of the qualifying session, but was bumped down to 3rd at the every end.
* Daly stayed at the sharp end of the field at the drop of the green flag. As his tires started to lose grip, he slid back. He was able to stay in the Top 10 until his first pit stop, but then fell a lap down. 
* He completed the race on four stops, hoping to new tires would give him the grip needed to help propel him back forward. However, once he was down a lap, opportunities were limited to make up positions and he had to settle for 19th. 

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

RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered By BitNile Chevrolet, Finished 4th: “It was pretty hard out there with the high temperatures. I struggled a lot to run the high line and it would have been a lot nicer if I could play up there. But that last long stint, I could really save the tires and capitalize on other people’s mistakes. I almost got Will (Power), we were sideways coming to the checkered flag! Tough to just miss out on a podium, but I am very happy. We did everything well, the only issue was a little hold up in pit lane with (Jack) Harvey coming in while I was going out, but that happens at tracks like this. We did well, I am happy. On to tomorrow, let’s get that podium, yeet!”

RVK Orange.jpgRACE RESULTS:
START: 8th
FINISH: 4th
STATUS: Running
LAPS COMPLETED: 250/250
OF NOTE:
* Race 1 of the Iowa Speedway doubleheader saw Rinus VeeKay earn his highest starting position at the .875-mile oval. After turning two laps within .001 of each other, he started today’s race 8th. 
* VeeKay completed the race with three pit stops, utilizing caution periods for the last two. His opening green-flag pit stop was the only time he fell out of the Top 10 the entire race. 
* After his final pit stop, VeeKay mounted a charge forward. He picked up one position on the ensuing restart, then engaged in a battle with Jimmie Johnson which lasted for many laps.
* Eventually VeeKay claimed the position and gained one more from Alex Palou with five to go. VeeKay crossed the finish line side-by-side with Will Power, narrowly missing out on a podium finish. 

HYVEE INDYCAR RACE WEEKEND PREVIEW

FRIDAY, JULY 22 – SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2022
TRACK: Iowa Speedway
LOCATION: Newton, Iowa, USA
TRACK LAYOUT: .875-mile tri-oval
PRACTICE: Friday – 3:30-5 p.m. CT (Peacock Premium), 
QUALIFYING: Saturday – 9:30-10:45 a.m. CT (Peacock Premium)

RACE 1: Saturday, July 23
RACE LENGTH: 250 laps / 223.5 miles
BROADCAST: 3 p.m. CT (NBC)

RACE 2: Sunday, July 24
RACE LENGTH: 300 laps / 223.5 miles
BROADCAST: 2 p.m. CT (NBC)

ED CARPENTER RACING

Iowa Speedway, the shortest track on the schedule, has been a home of recurring success for Ed Carpenter Racing. In addition to a streak of seven Top 5s in seven years, an ECR driver stood on the first or second step of the podium for four consecutive years. The team will expand to it’s three-car lineup for oval races as Ed Carpenter, Conor Daly and Rinus VeeKay take on the HyVee INDYCAR Race Weekend. The trio prepared for the only doubleheader of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season by completing a test day at the .875-mile oval two weeks ago. 

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE CHEVROLET

CONOR DALY, No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet: “Iowa is a race I have been looking forward to for a long time. Last time we were there, I won the pole and had two strong races. This will be my first time there with ECR and we were very fast at the test a couple of weeks ago, which was really encouraging. I am pumped to be at a track that I know we can be really good at. We have to make the best of it and take two days of really good points!” (Photo Courtesy of INDYCAR)

Conor Daly 2022.jpgBIRTHDAY: December 11, 1990
HOMETOWN: Noblesville, IN
RESIDENCE: Indianapolis, IN

IOWA STATS
BEST START: 1st (2020)
BEST FINISH: 8th (2020)
NUMBER OF STARTS: 5

CAREER STATS
SEASON: 9th
STARTS: 90
POLES: 1
BEST FINISH: 2nd, Detroit 2016
OF NOTE:
* The last time the NTT INDYCAR SERIES raced at Iowa Speedway, Conor Daly earned his first career pole position. In a unique qualifying format for the 2020 doubleheader, his two-lap run gave him the 1st starting position for Race 1 and 3rd for Race 2. At the time, Daly drove for ECR at the road and street courses and the Indianapolis 500 and Carlin for the remaining oval events. Daly has five starts to date at Iowa Speedway; this weekend will be his first at Iowa with ECR. 
* Daly’s first season as full-time driver of ECR’s No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet has featured a stretch of solid results. 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.
* 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: “Iowa is coming up! We didn’t race there last year, but in 2020 I had one of the most fun races I’ve ever had. It’s just a crazy oval, crazy fast. A bullring, really! I am so excited to go back there. I think all of the experience I’ve gained since my first time at Iowa will help me a lot. I believe we can get some great results!” (Photo Courtesy of INDYCAR)

RVK Orange.jpgBIRTHDAY: September 11, 2000
HOMETOWN: Hoofddorp, Netherlands
RESIDENCE: Fort Lauderdale, FL

IOWA STATS
BEST START: 13th (2020)
BEST FINISH: 17 (2020)
NUMBER OF STARTS: 2

CAREER STATS
SEASON: 3rd
STARTS: 39
WINS: 1
POLES: 2
OF NOTE:
* Iowa Speedway is the site of Rinus VeeKay’s very first oval track experience. He came to the U.S. via the Netherlands in 2017 to join the Road to Indy ladder system, beginning with USF2000. In his oval debut, VeeKay finished second. His only NTT INDYCAR SERIES race experience to date at Iowa came his rookie year of 2020 with the doubleheader. During Race 1, he raced through the field to run as high as second before being taken out of contention by another competitor. His crew successfully prepared his backup car for Race 2, but an issue in the pit lane during the event dropped him two laps behind the field.
* Recently, VeeKay put on a show at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with smart driving and impressive passes. His performance propelled him to a 4th-place finish, his best result since a podium at Barber Motorsports Park in early May when he started from the pole position. 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. Last weekend in the streets of Toronto, VeeKay led for 18 laps.
* 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 Iowa Speedway! When it went off the schedule, I wasn’t sure if it would come back, so a big thanks to HyVee for making it happen. I am looking forward to driving the purple Alzamend Neuro Chevrolet again!” (Photo Courtesy of INDYCAR)

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BIRTHDAY: March 3, 1981
HOMETOWN: Indianapolis, IN
RESIDENCE: Indianapolis, IN

IOWA STATS
BEST START: 4th (2017)
BEST FINISH: 4th (2013)
NUMBER OF STARTS: 14

CAREER STATS
SEASON: 20th
STARTS: 193
WINS: 3
POLES: 4
OF NOTE:
* Ed Carpenter is in the midst of his 20th season as an NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver and has competed in 14 of 15 races at Iowa Speedway. He has led his own team since ECR was formed prior to the 2012 season and has finished in the Top 10 at Iowa five times since becoming both a team owner and a driver.
* Since 2014, Carpenter has focused exclusively on driving in the oval events. His first two races of 2022 occurred at Texas Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis Motor 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 – Streets of Toronto

HONDA INDY TORONTO RACE NOTES

13th: RINUS VEEKAY No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile Chevrolet
20th: CONOR DALY No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet
NEXT RACE: Hy-VeeDeals.com 250, July 23 (NBC, 4 p.m. ET)
CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE CHEVROLET

CONOR DALY, No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet, Finished 20th: “Strategically, we made all of the right moves. We had a good start and passed a lot of cars in the first couple of laps. Getting off of the red tires early was a good call and when Rinus and I rotated to first and second, it was nice to do a few laps there and not get swallowed up! It was a good, strong showing for us but obviously track position is super important. We had to pit and had the race had more green flag laps at the end, it would have worked out better for us. But these things happen, we did get to the front, it just didn’t work out for us today.”

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RACE RESULTS:
START: 25th
FINISH: 20th
STATUS: Running
LAPS COMPLETED: 85/85
OF NOTE:
* During yesterday’s qualifications, Conor Daly was backed up all the way to the first car to exit the pits. As he was not yet up to speed, Daly was penalized for qualifying interference and lost his two fastest laps. As a result, he would start today’s Honda Indy Toronto from the 25th and last position. 
* Daly started on Firestone’s red Firehawk tires, but an early caution allowed him to duck into the pit lane on Lap 3 for a splash of fuel and the longer-lasting black tires. As most of the field started the event on red tires, Daly cycled forward as they made their first stops. By his second stop on Lap 36, he was up to the 2nd position. 
* The second caution flew on Lap 45. The No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet team elected not to pit, launching Daly back up to 2nd behind his teammate Rinus VeeKay. The Ed Carpenter Racing duo paced the field for nine laps before the next caution on Lap 55. This time, Daly came in for his final stop of the race and rejoined the field in 19th. He would fall one position after the final restart and took the checkered flag in 20th.

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

RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered By BitNile Chevrolet, Finished 13th: “I have mixed feelings after today’s race! I feel I drove a pretty solid race with good stints. We were on for a good result, a comfortable Top 10, until the yellows didn’t really go our way and everyone was able to make it on fuel. We worked very hard, but didn’t have an advantage at the end. It was worth the risk since we were coming from the back. I had a few good moves and learned a lot for my first race here in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. I definitely have a more of a view on what we need when we come back here next year. I am very happy with my own performance, I maximized our strategy and there wasn’t much more in the car! On to the next one.”

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RACE RESULTS:
START: 20th
FINISH: 13th
STATUS: Running
LAPS COMPLETED: 85/85
LAPS LED: 18
OF NOTE:
* Rinus VeeKay was unable to set a fast lap in qualifying yesterday and as a result, had to start from the 20th position today. He was one of only six drivers to start today’s Honda Indy Toronto on black Firestone Firehawk tires. However, the harder compound black tires took him straight to the front of the field as everyone who started on the softer red tires had to pit. By Lap 25, VeeKay was scored as the leader. 
* VeeKay was able to carry his black tires to Lap 31, when he made his first pit stop. Now on red tires, VeeKay carved his way through the field and raced from 18th to 12th before the second caution on Lap 45. With VeeKay and teammate Conor Daly electing not to pit under the caution, they ran 1-2. 
* The No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered by BitNile Chevrolet paced the field until Lap 61, when VeeKay made his last pit stop under the final caution. As he was the leader when he stopped, he was able to cycle out of the pit lane in the 13th position. He remained there for the duration of the event and finished seven positions higher than where he started. 
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