Rinus Van Kalmthout, also known as Rinus VeeKay or VK, is a 21-year-old Dutch car racing driver. VeeKay presently races for Ed Carpenter Racing in the IndyCar Series, driving the No. 21 Dallara-Chevrolet. It’s in the said series that he won a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Like many car racers, he began at karting in 2009 when he was eight, winning races with a DR chassis in the 4-stroke cadet championships. He participated in karting competitions until 2015, karting for the last time in the Rotax Max Euro Challenge Senior Class, where he finished second.
When he was only starting in car racing, VeeKay won the Pro Mazda Championship and stepped up to the 2019 Indy Lights Championship with Juncos Racing once again after his victory. Rinus VeeKay is widely known as one of the breakout stars of IndyCar, one of America’s leading open-wheel racing, for the season. He took his first victory in racing in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. He eventually qualified for the Indy 500 on the front row and led around 32 laps before finishing 8th. The Dutch racer has also been recognized as Rookie of the Year and one of the leading IndyCar race winners aged 24 years old and below.
VeeKay ranks fifth in the IndyCar standings and showcases an impressive record. He easily won the hearts of his fans through his off-track engagements and on-track performances. VK even did a unique disco-style spin in driver instructions, carried out just before his Indy 500 debut. It was a shame, but his showmanship back then was only featured on TV since the race happened without spectators. The spin soon became Rinus VeeKay’s signature move. VK is the only driver who successfully triumphed every Road to Indy ladder level—six races in 2019’s Indy Lights, seven races in the 2018’s Indy Pro 2000 championship, and three races in 2017’s USF2000.
Arie Luyendyk, a fellow Dutchman and a two-time winner in the Indy 500, mentored Rinus VeeKay. Aside from car racing, Rinus VeeKay enjoys beach tennis, Thai boxing, and running, but auto racing is still his number one sport. VK lists Arie Luyendyk and Max Verstappen as his ultimate racing heroes.
- Races entered: 121
- Wins: 26
- Race win percentage:21.8%
- Podiums: 69
- Podium percentage: 57%
- Pole Positions: 21
- Fastest laps: 29