Mazda Road to Indy
Veekay Makes Jump Up to Pro Mazda
Rinus Veekay is set for the next step in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder, as he will compete for the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires with Juncos Racing in 2018.
“I feel very honored that I can join such a successful team,” VeeKay said. “They have a very professional attitude and the cooperation during the test was excellent from the very first moment. I really felt at home. I was also able to visit the team’s workshop in Indianapolis where they have state-of-the-art facilities, and everything looks tidy and clean like a Formula One operation, which impressed me.”
The 17-year-old impressed in his rookie Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda campaign, finishing second in the standings with three wins and 12 podiums.
“I am thrilled to announce Rinus is joining Juncos Racing for the 2018 Pro Mazda season,” Ricardo Juncos said. “We first worked with Rinus back in October testing at Mid-Ohio and were very pleased with him all around. He was very fast on track and had a great professional approach when working with the crew and engineers. Rinus showed he will be a top contender on track and he is going to be an incredible asset to our Pro Mazda lineup this coming year. I want to thank Rinus and his family for the opportunity to add him to our program and look forward to a great year as we compete for another championship.”
There was a possibility for Veekay to go from USF2000 to Indy Lights Presented by Mazda following a successful Chris Griffis Memorial Test, but plans changed via the recommendation of his mentor two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Arie Luyendyk.
“Arie recommended that I move up to Pro Mazda for 2018 instead of Indy Lights,” VeeKay said. “Gathering more experience on the second level of the Mazda Road to Indy will be a big help to my career and my goal for next year is clear and simple: win the Pro Mazda championship.”
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