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Friday, June 21, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS 500 QUALIFYING NOTES – DAY 1

INDIANAPOLIS 500 QUALIFYING NOTES – DAY 1

11th: RINUS VEEKAY* 232.419 mph
17th: ED CARPENTER 232.017 mph
24th: CHRISTIAN RASMUSSEN 231.682 mph

*Advancing to Fast 12, Starting Position Set Tomorrow

POLE DAY BROADCAST: Sunday – 3-6 p.m. ET (NBC)
TRACK: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval
LOCATION: Speedway, Indiana, USA
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.5-mile oval

RINUS VEEKAY MAKES THE FAST 12 FOR ECR!

TIM BROYLES, President, Ed Carpenter Racing: This was a total team effort to get the No. 21 car into the Fast 12. When you look at the work that went in to get that car on the race track and all the different color shirts working on the car, that is a testament to our whole team. These guys deserve to see that car in the Fast 12 and I am really proud of that. I am proud of this whole team and it is a team victory.” 

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 GUYCARE CHEVROLET

ED CARPENTER, No. 20 GuyCare Chevrolet: “What a day! It started out rough with Rinus (VeeKay) having that accident and ended with what felt like a victory. I went from feeling bad about my own run and not being any better than 17th to celebrating with this team. Indy is such a place and to know that you are blessed to be starting the race, especially when there are still four cars that don’t know if they will be in or not. I am so proud of this team for putting their heads down to rebound like we did today. Not every team can put together a car in the amount of time they had today and have it out in a condition to be in the Fast 12. Thank you Todd (Ault), AskROI, GuyCare, Indiana for the Bold, One Stop to Start and to everyone who helps give us a shot at this. Thank you to Chevrolet for bringing the ultimate speed this weekend and hopefully Rinus will be able to keep his front row streak intact.” Courtesy IMS Photo

OF NOTE: 

Ed Carpenter has now qualified for his 21st Indianapolis 500. He was the 18th car to take to the 2.5-mile oval and his first four lap average of 232.017 mph slotted him safely into the field. Later in the afternoon, Carpenter returned to the course for a second attempt before the No. 20 GuyCare Chevrolet waved off, marking the end of qualifying for Carpenter. He will take the green flag a week from Sunday from 17th.

• The Indianapolis native solidified his status as a hometown favorite by winning the Indy 500 pole position in 2013 and 2014; in 2018, he became just the 10th driver to collect three or more Indy 500 poles in the century-plus history of the race. Some of his strongest finishes have come in recent years, including a runner-up finish after leading the most laps in 2018 and a 5th place in 2021. 

• Carpenter is the only individual in the 33-car field who handles both the responsibility of driving the racecar while owning and operating his own team. Even now as he competes exclusively on ovals, the 43-year-old has 24 top-ten finishes since starting his own team and led at least one race for 14 of 15 consecutive seasons. Last year, he competed in his 20th Indianapolis 500 and made his 200th NTT INDYCAR SERIES start.

• The No. 20 Chevrolet will compete in the colors of GuyCare for the entirety of the 2024 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. GuyCare clinics provide discreet and confidential care, ensuring men’s health and well-being through proven therapeutic interventions and wellness programs. After successfully opening their first clinic in Salt Lake City, GuyCare is now expanding its service offerings nationwide through the launch of a Telemedicine program. Additional clinics will open in select NTT INDYCAR SERIES race markets throughout the 2024 season. 

RINUS VEEKAY, NO. 21 ASKROI.COM CHEVROLET

RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 askROI.com Chevrolet: “Today has been filled with the highs and lows, as far as you can imagine. A rollercoaster times three. We started the day out with the biggest heartbreak there is. The team got us back out and we were in, but on the edge of the last row. This moment is magic. The car felt awesome out there. It is incredible. First of all, the crew had the car ready to go in 2.5 hours to get back out for our second attempt. To go out there, go all in and beat our time. What a job by the crew. This is as much of a comeback as I could ever imagine.Courtesy IMS Photo

OF NOTE: 

Rinus VeeKay began Qualifying Day 1 with an accident during the first lap of his qualifying attempt. The entire Ed Carpenter Racing team quickly went to work to repair the No. 21 AskROI Chevrolet in order to get VeeKay on the time sheets. After just three hours, the green and black machine rolled out to pit lane for the first of two official qualifying attempts. The first attempt left VeeKay 28th on the pylon, just two spots above the cut line. With just 15 minutes left on the clock, the team elected to withdraw the original time to head to Lane 1 and bypass the 10 cars ahead in the second lane. VeeKay put up a massive opening lap of 233.448 mph followed by three fast laps to secure the 11th position and lock the No. 21 into the Fast 12. VeeKay will battle for Pole Position tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET tomorrow. 

•  The 2024 Indianapolis 500 will be VeeKay’s fifth and each of his four previous starts have included a historical milestone. By starting 4th in his first “500” in 2020, he recorded the best qualifying result by a teenager in Indy 500 history. In 2021, he became the youngest front row qualifier ever when he started 3rd and finished a career-best 8th. VeeKay was the fastest on Day 1 of qualifications in 2022 and set what was then the 4th-fastest 4-lap average speed. Records continued to be broken in 2023 and VeeKay’s four-lap average in the Firestone Fast 6 was the 3rd-fastest 4-lap average speed in history. He was also the fastest Chevrolet-powered driver in the field for the 4th consecutive year.

• Born in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, Rinus van Kalmthout began karting in 2009 at the age of 8. With sights set firmly on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, he transitioned to the Road to Indy in 2017 and launched his U.S. career driving as Rinus VeeKay. Now in his fifth season in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, VeeKay has stepped into a veteran role as ECR’s senior full-time driver. He has spent his entire career behind the wheel of the No. 21 Chevrolet and is the longest tenured full-time driver in the team’s history. 

• The No. 21 Chevrolet will feature askROI.com at select events, including the 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500. askROI aims to redefine the boundaries of generative AI by providing tailored business solutions beyond the conventional scope, adapting to individuals’ or businesses’ specific data. askROI and ECR are actively exploring ways that the team can use AI to increase competitiveness.

CHRISTIAN RASMUSSEN, NO. 33 CHEVROLET

CHRISTIAN RASMUSSEN, No. 33 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet: “We should have had more today. We deserved more. At the end, we were on for a very good run and then something out of my control occurred when we were trending inside the Fast 12. We made the race and it will be a long 500 miles, but it would have been nice to be further up the grid where we deserved to be.”  Courtesy IMS Photo

OF NOTE: 

In his first Indianapolis 500 qualifying attempt, Christian Rasmussen took to the 2.5-mile oval from his draw position of 31st. He safely placed himself in the field with a 231.682 mph four lap average in the No. 33 Chevrolet. A second qualifying attempt was waived off solidifying the Dane’s starting position. He will start the 500 mile race a week from Sunday from 24th.

• Rasmussen is a member of the 2024 Indianapolis 500 rookie class in his debut NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. The 23-year-old Dane competes in all road and street course events in the No. 20 GuyCare Chevrolet and has transitioned to ECR’s third entry, the No. 33 Chevrolet, for the Indy 500. His ascension to North America’s premier open-wheel series comes on the heels of his recent 2023 INDY NXT title, his third championship in the past four years. 

• Rasmussen was only nine years old when he claimed his first karting championship in Denmark. He arrived in the United States in 2018 and began his road to INDYCAR the following year. He is only the second driver in history earn a championship in each open-wheel junior category that currently feeds the NTT INDYCAR SERIES – USF2000 (2020), USF Pro 2000 (2021) and INDY NXT (2023). 

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