Dutch driver Rinus van Kalmthout crashed into the first practice session on his debut in the IndyCar Series on Saturday. The damage to his car was so great that he was unable to participate in qualifying a few hours later.
The rookie purred in morning practice at the Texas Motorsport Speedway as it entered the corner, then hit the wall hard between turns three and four. The damage to his Ed Carpenter Racing car was considerable.
Van Kalmthout was able to leave his car on his own. His mechanics were immediately put to work to get the car ready in time for qualifying, which was held at 11 p.m. Dutch time. However, that did not work.
The race on the oval in Texas is scheduled for the night from Saturday to Sunday at 2:00 a.m. It is the first race of the year in the American class. Van Kalmthout will have to start at the back by missing the qualification.
"I made a rookie mistake"
"It was a rookie mistake, " said the Hoofddorp-born driver in a short response after the crash. "I was too low in the track, so I'm angry with myself. The team is now working hard to get the car ready on time."
Van Kalmthout already had a difficult run-up to the first race of the season. Because of the corona crisis, it was unclear for a long time whether he was allowed to enter the United States. He finally set foot on American soil via Mexico on Wednesday.
The nineteen-year-old driver has started the season with great ambitions. He has set himself the goal this year to win at least one race.
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