Juncos Racing's Rinus VeeKay Wins Race 1 at Portland
 September 2, 2019| 
  • Team News
RTI_PDX_082019_J_8039

Portland, Ore. – Juncos Racing rookie Rinus VeeKay captured one win and one second place finish along with both poles in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires double header at Portland International Raceway. Teammate Dalton Kellett was recognized with most Indy Lights starts after completing the first round of the weekend with a total of 67 starts.

The ninth weekend of the 2019 Indy Lights Championship kicked off with one practice followed by two qualifying sessions on the 1.964 mile, 12-Turn road course located in Portland, Oregon.

Qualifying for Round 15 proved to be a successful qualifying run for the Juncos Racing duo. After narrowly missing the pole for the last five races, Rinus VeeKay (Hooffdorp, Netherlands) driving the No. 21 Mazda/Jumbo/Juncos Racing car picked up his fourth pole of the season. Teammate Dalton Kellett (Toronto, Canada) driving the No. 67 K-Line Insulators U.S.A/Juncos Racing car took the fourth position on the highly competitive grid.

Juncos Racing carried the strong momentum gained Friday into Saturday morning with qualifying for Round 16. The final lap of qualifying during the 30-minute session had one of the most intense runs for the pole between VeeKay and the No. 28 Indy Lights championship leader. VeeKay once again took the pole by the narrowest margin possible of only 0.0001 seconds. Kellett qualified sixth.

Later that day the Indy Lights field returned to the track for Round 15. VeeKay started from the pole with Kellett in the second row. VeeKay went on to dominate the entire race and lead all of the 35-laps finishing 3.4990 seconds ahead of second, claiming his fourth win of the season. Kellett made Indy Lights history once he took the green flag with his 67th start, passing Arie Luyendyk Jr. for the most Indy Lights starts. Kellett went on to finish fifth.

The weekend concluded Sunday morning with Round 16. VeeKay once again started from the pole position while Kellett took the sixth position. The 35-lap went yellow after an incident in Turn-1 involving multiple cars. Kellett was boxed in by the incident and soon returned to the field in the back with no damage. The race went green three laps later and would stay caution free for the remaining laps. VeeKay lost one position and would battle his way back for the lead throughout the race, however, would settle for second. Kellett finished sixth.

VeeKay continues to sit second in the 2019 Indy Lights Championship with only two more races to go. “Overall we had a great weekend in Portland,” said VeeKay. “We earned both poles and got the win in the first race. It was unfortunate we were not able to walk away with the second win, but still took home a second-place finish. It’s hard to believe the season is about to come to an end in a few weeks at Laguna. We will continue to work hard and go for the final two wins of the season.”

Kellett, who made history with the most Indy Lights starts currently sits seventh in the championship. “I am really happy with the pace we had in both races this weekend,” said Kellett. “The incident at the beginning of the second race had us boxed in and ended up shifting us to the back. We just had to play catch up after that. It was really unfortunate we could not get a better result in the No. 67 car as we made a lot of progress and had the speed all weekend. I am looking forward to getting back on track in a few weeks with the final rounds at Laguna.”

  • Sebring Banner
     11.8.19| 
    • Series News
  • Indy Autonomous
     11.5.19| 
    • Series News
  • Cockpit Frontal Protection Device
     11.1.19| 
    • Series News
  • Lights Bell banner
     10.31.19| 
    • Series News
  • O'Ward Askew AMSP
     10.30.19| 
    • Team News