Ed Carpenter Racing has announced that it will retain the services of Rinus VeeKay for the 2022 IndyCar season.
VeeKay joined ECR when he made the move from Indy Lights to IndyCar in 2020, and has proved to be quite talented behind the wheel.
The young Dutch driver earned his first pole in his rookie season at the Indianapolis road course, and went on to claim his first victory this season on the same track.
His season was derailed midseason by a cycling accident that resulted in a cracked collar bone, and his results have not yet come back in full form.
Team owner Ed Carpenter obviously has trust in his talent, however, as he has chosen to bring VeeKay back for a third consecutive season.
“I am very excited to have another season with Ed Carpenter Racing,” said VeeKay in a release. “We made so much progress this year, I had my first win in IndyCar and made many great memories.
“I want to thank Ed Carpenter for giving me the opportunity to drive for another season. Ed was the one that gave me the chance to be able to prove myself in IndyCar and I am very grateful to him.
“Next year, we can be better than we’ve ever been! We want to be championship contenders, to go for even better results, more frequent wins and podium finishes.
“The atmosphere at ECR is perfect for that, it feels like a group of friends who are eager to work hard for strong results. I am excited to continue that in 2022 and not having anything change!”
The team also confirmed that it will be running two cars next season, with team owner Carpenter driving the #20 for the season’s oval races just as he has since 2014.
The driver of that car for the road course events has not yet been announced, but the role has been filled by Conor Daly the past two seasons.