Rinus van Kalmthout made an impression on Saturday at his second race in the American IndyCar Series. The Dutchman fought at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from eighteenth to fifth place.
Nineteen-year-old Van Kalmthout benefited from an excellent pit-stop strategy and a crash from Oliver Askew that neutralized the race. Veekay, as Van Kalmthout is called by the Americans, was in tenth place after twenty laps and halfway through the race he found himself in fifth place.
Van Kalmthout's catch-up race stalled after his third pit stop when he got stuck behind Colton Herta. The Hoofddorper tried, but did not pass the American.
At the end of the race, Van Kalmthout was still struggling to hold fifth place. He was chased by former Formula 1 driver Marcus Ercisson, but he had to acknowledge his superiority in the Ed Carpenter Racing driver.
Performance Van Kalmthout in sharp contrast to debut race
Scott Dixon, who also won the first race, rode to the front without any threats. Graham Rahal finished second and Simon Pagenaud finished third.
For Van Kalmthout, his performance in Indianapolis is in stark contrast to his debut race a month ago at the Texas Motor Speedway. There he dropped out in the opening phase.
The Indycar season, which was postponed for months because of the coronavirus, will resume in a week on Road America in Wisconsin. There is a race on both Saturday and Sunday.