Rinus VeeKay’s NTT IndyCar Series Title Chances Just Took an Unexpected Hit

Ed Carpenter Racing driver Rinus VeeKay, one of the biggest surprises through the first half of the NTT IndyCar Series, will miss this weekend’s race at Road America after a cycling accident left him with a broken collarbone.

VeeKay, 20, was injured on Monday and underwent successful outpatent surgery on Tuesday afternoon. However, VeeKay, who is fifth in the IndyCar championship standings, will not be able to race this weekend. He will be re-evaluated before the next event July 4 at Mid-Ohio.

VeeKay is one of seven different winners in the IndyCar series this season. He won the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the IMS road course in May. VeeKay is coming off a runner-up finish in the first race of the Belle Isle doubleheader.

The second-year IndyCar driver was a modest 13th in the final standings a year ago.

Oliver Askew will replace VeeKay in the No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet for the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America. Askew, the 2019 Indy Lights champion, has started on other IndyCar race this season. He finished 25th for Arrow McLaren SP on June 13 at Belle Isle in Detroit.

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“What happened was very unfortunate and definitely not the greatest timing,” VeeKay said. “The surgery went well, I am not in any pain. I definitely wanted to be out there fighting for my place in the championship and driving the Direct Supply car. I will give it all I have and be ready for Mid-Ohio.

“I am very thankful for everyone at ECR that helped me and stayed up very late to get everything for the surgery arranged. I would also like to say a big thank you to everyone at OrthoIndy who got me all fixed up.”

Askew, meanwhile, has plenty of experience at Road America, having raced on the four-mile road course eight times in the past four years. He finished 15th and 21st in two starts there last year for Arrow McLaren.

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