Thursday, May 30, 2024

PRE-RACE: Barber Motorsports Park

FRIDAY, APRIL 28 – SUNDAY, APRIL 30

RACE: Alabama Indy Kids Grand Prix
STATE: Berber Motorsports Park
LOCATION: Leeds, Alabama, United States
WORK PRESENTATION: 2.3 miles permanent road, with 17 turns
DURING THE WOMAN: 90 laps

PRACTICE: Friday – 2:40-3:55pm CT (Peacock Premium)
Saturday – 11am-12pm CT (Peacock Premium)
Sunday – 11-11:30am CT (Peacock Premium)
QUALIFICATION: Saturday – 2-3:15pm CT (Peacock Premium)
RACE: Sunday – 2:30pm CT (NBC, 2 p.m. CT)

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The fourth round of the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will see Ed Carpenter Racing teammates Conor Daly and Rinus VeeKay compete at the picturesque Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday. At the most recent event, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, Daly reached a career milestone as he made his 100th NTT INDYCAR Series start. This week, it’s VeeKay’s turn to have a historic event of his own, as he will be competing in his 50th race. VeeKay is also the most recent pole position winner at Barber Motorsports Park and finished on the podium last year. In 2015, one of ECR’s road course victories was recorded at the circuit when Josef Newgarden took the win.

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE.COM CHEVROLET

CONOR DALY, no. 20 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet: “Our team has been successful at Barber Motorsports Park in the past and I’m excited to see what we have in store this year. Obviously Rinus (VeeKay) has been really fast there and hopefully I can learn from him and improve. Car no. 20 BITNILE.COM has been a bit unlucky there in the last couple of years, so hopefully we can get things right! The aim now is to restart our season at Barber and get things going in the right direction.”

FOR NOTE:

Conor Daly is now in his fourth season with ECR and second as full-time driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet. 20 BITNILE.COM. At the most recent event, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, Daly achieved a career milestone as he competed in his 100th NTT INDYCAR SERIES race. He will also make his 10th Indianapolis 500 start this year.

• Second-generation racer Daly climbed into a kart for the first time at age 10; within five years, he was competing in both the United States and international open-wheel systems. He found success in each before focusing solely on American motorsports in 2015. Born and raised in Noblesville, Ind., Daly has become a hometown favorite at the Indianapolis 500. The 2021 edition saw him lead the many laps by all pilots; in 2022, he finished a career-best 6th.

• This year’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at Barber Motorsports Park will be Daly’s fifth. When the event served as the season opener in 2021, Daly advanced to the second round of qualifying and earned a starting position in the Top 10. In the 2022 edition, minimal opportunities to advance left Daly with a 19th-place finish .

RINUS WEEKAY, NO. 21 BITNILE.COM CHEVROLET

RINUS WEEKAY, No. 21 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet: “First road race of the season and our best race of last year! Barber is a very good track for us. I took pole there last year, but unfortunately I only finished third when we managed to win. Hopefully we can pick up where we left off last year! ECR has won here in the past so I’m excited to be back at such a cool track. It’s a great place to race in late April. Bring some momentum to May, that’s what we need! We haven’t had a good start to the season, we need to turn that around and Barber is a great track to do that.”

FOR NOTE:

The Alabama Indy Kids Grand Prix will be a historic event for Rinus VeeKay as he begins his 50th NTT INDYCAR SERIES on Sunday. The 22-year-old has spent his entire NTT INDYCAR SERIES career with Ed Carpenter Racing and is the team’s longest-serving full-time driver, now in his fourth season behind the wheel of the No. 1 Chevrolet. 21 BITNILE.COM.

• Raised in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, VeeKay started karting in 2009 at the age of 8. Just four years into his career in the United States, he not only made it to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, but also won the 2020 Rookie of the Year awards. He became the winner of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race in May 2021 with a victory on the road course Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

• VeeKay won his second career NTT P1 at Barber Motorsports Park in 2022 and started from pole position. He led 57 of 90 laps last year before settling for third. In his two starts at Barber, VeeKay has not finished 6th.

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