With two podiums under his belt, Rinus Veekay is off to a great start in his rookie USF2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires season.
Making his series debut in St. Petersburg, he fought back to finish third in the opening round after starting 14th, followed by a runner-up in the second event. With being his first weekend in the new Tatuus USF-17 chassis, Veekay admits he left with a smile on his face.
“I came into the year without any expectations and hope we can make steps forward throughout the year,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “I am hoping for the championship – we’re close to P1 right now. Anything can happen.”
He’ll hope to carry the momentum forward to Barber Motorsports Park, where chances are high for a win based on pre-season testing.
“I think it will be a good track for sure,” he said. “I did good in testing at Barber, and the set-up was good. I think it’ll be a good weekend.”
Beyond Barber, things may get tougher through the nine rounds, especially at Iowa Speedway which is the first oval of his career.
For Veekay, he got started in racing through go-karts, thanks to his father.
“When I was eight, I got a go-kart from my father who raced as an amateur,” he said. “Then it evolved into international karting.”
He picked up honors in World Formula (Netherlands and Benelux) in 2011, the Rotax Minimax title in 2012, followed by Rotax Max Junior and Rookie Junior titles in 2013. He stepped up into senior karts two years ago, finishing second n both the European and American Rotax Max Senior Championships. Van Kalmthout finished his karting career in 2016 in third in the Super X30 Euro Series.
Now in USF2000, he hopes to capture some of the same glory.
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