Rinus van Kalmthout is overjoyed that he was able to revenge on Saturday for his first race in the IndyCar Series. The Dutchman fought in Indianapolis, a month after his disappointing debut game, from eighteenth to fifth place.
"This was a really great race," said a delighted Van Kalmthout after the race. "From place eighteen to place five is really beautiful. I've done everything I could and worked hard every round. I've never been so happy in my life."
Nineteen-year-old Van Kalmthout seemed to face a difficult race in Indianapolis due to a disappointing qualification, but thanks to a neutralization of the race, he had already risen from eighteenth to tenth position after twenty laps.
Halfway through the race, the Dutchman was in fifth place and he no longer relinquished that position. Van Kalmthout thus paid for his disappointing debut in last month's IndyCar in Texas, when he dropped out in the opening phase.
"I am thankful to the team for giving me such a great car," said a jubilant Van Kalmthout, who rises to eleventh overall in his Indianapolis performance. "What a way to celebrate Independence Day, I still can't believe it."
Van Kalmthout does not have to wait long for his next race, because he will play twice this month. Next week, a race is scheduled to take place in Wisconsin, and a week later, racing will be held in Iowa.
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