Rinus van Kalmthout has put on the fine on Saturday evening (local time) after his disappointing debut in the IndyCar Series. The race of the nineteen-year-old Dutchman quickly ended due to a crash in the opening phase.
In any case, it was a disappointing day for Van Kalmthout, who crashed during training and therefore had to miss out on qualifying. After a promising start to the race, he lost control of his car in the 39th lap and ended up in the wall with Spaniard Álex Palou.
"My start was still good. I started in 24th place and I think I climbed to fifteenth position", Van Kalmthout looked back at NBC after his race at the Texas Motor Speedway . "It was actually a good race, but at one point I got a little too high, I went round and hit Álex Palou."
Van Kalmthout, the first Dutch IndyCar driver since Robert Doornbos (2009), logically had imagined much more at his first appearance in the American racing class. At least he hoped to finish with the first ten drivers.
"This is not at all what I expected from my debut. The first weekend has become a nightmare. I want to apologize to the team. Apart from myself, I cannot blame anyone else, this is entirely my fault," said Van Kalmthout.
Five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon convincingly took the win in Fort Worth, where the first game of the season was held. The next race is scheduled for July 4 in Indianapolis.
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