Rinus VeeKay is having the best start to the season of young IndyCar career this year, and credits the work done by his Ed Carpenter Racing team to give him cars that drive well week in and week out.
The 21-year-old Dutchman currently sits seventh in the championship standings, a product of strong finishes this season which have averaged eighth so far.
His cars have rolled off the truck well for most weekends, and nearly every adjustment the ECR crew has made has helped the car even more.
“I think our package to start with is just better, the setup of the car,” said VeeKay. “We have spent a lot of time in the simulator in the off-season to improve the simulator for us and built setups based on the simulator, which I’ve used in St. Petersburg, Long Beach.
“We’ve made a lot of changes to the setup that we also used in Barber. I think really their work is paying off, and I feel like every change we make within test sessions or every change we make at the track is like nine out of ten times, it’s an improvement instead of a step back.
“I think like the engineers are very on point about improving the car and finding the right changes.
“I was a little sad after the race that I didn’t win last weekend [at Barber.] I think we had the opportunity to, and of course you want to grab it and take it.
“Yeah, had a few bad sleeps because of that, but I think right now, I’m just extra motivated to go for that win this weekend and defend my win from last year.”
VeeKay heads into the GMR Grand Prix as the reigning winner of the spring event, and hopes to repeat his fortunes around the Indianapolis road course.