Juncos Racing Collects Podiums with VeeKay and Kellett in Toronto
 July 15, 2019| 
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TORONTO – Juncos Racing picked up two more podium finishes in the 2019 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship on the streets of Toronto. Rinus VeeKay earned the first podium of the weekend in Round 10, while Dalton Kellett claimed his first podium of the 2019 in front of his hometown crowd.

The sixth event weekend of the 2019 Indy Lights season took place on the 1.786 mile, 11-Turn street course located just outside of downtown Toronto, Canada. Juncos Racing came into the weekend with Rinus VeeKay (Hooffdorp, Netherlands) trailing the championship leader by only three points.

The Juncos Racing duo of VeeKay and Kellett showed great pace in the first and only practice session. VeeKay driving the No. 21 Mazda/Jumbo/Juncos Racing entry finished the session second, only 0.0345 seconds off the fastest time overall. Kellett (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) driving the No. 67 K-Line Insulators USA Inc./Juncos Racing car finished the session fifth.

Qualifying for Round 10 took place Saturday morning. VeeKay narrowly missed the pole and would take the second starting position. Kellett qualified seventh.

Round 10 completed the day for the Indy Lights field. VeeKay, who started second, went on to bring home a third-place finish. Kellett finished eighth.

The final day began with qualifying for Round 11. VeeKay would once again battle for the pole position but would have to settle for the second starting position for the second time. Kellett improved from qualifying the first day to lay down the fourth quickest time overall on his final qualifying lap.

Round 11 concluded the weekend later that day for the Indy Lights field and would prove to be one of the most dramatic races for the Juncos Racing duo. After a false start the field would take the green flag. VeeKay, who started second, held onto the second position throughout the first half of the race. After making his first passing attempt for the lead, VeeKay went to pass for the second time, however would make contact with a tire barrier, forcing him to pit for a front wing. The crew replaced the front wing and VeeKay went on to finish four laps down.

Toronto native Kellett would put on his most impressive run of the 2019 season throughout the 40 Lap race. Kellett, who started fourth worked his way to the third position and would go on to claim his first podium of the 2019 season.

VeeKay currently sits second in the tight championship, 25 points behind the leader.

“My goal this weekend was to pass my fellow championship contender Oliver Askew after the start and that’s what I did,” said VeeKay. “Then, halfway through the race, I made a move for the lead, unluckily got him from the back, and went into the barriers. It is really unfortunate to lose these important points, but there are plenty of races left and I am incredibly motivated to battle further to win the championship!”

Kellett’s third place finish came in front of all his family and friends from the Toronto area with the celebration felt through the Indy Lights paddock.

“This weekend was amazing being able to get a podium here at my home track,” said Kellett. “We had all of our friends, family, and supporters from K-Line here, so it was an honor to get to race in front of them. Being able to represent the Canadian racing family and be successful, we are all supportive of each other. We have had some tough years here in the past, so it feels great to finally get on to the podium and get that third place finish.”

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