Rinus van Kalmthout dropped out of a promising position on Friday evening (local time) at the IndyCar race in Iowa, USA, due to a heavy crash. The Dutchman was hit by another driver, but was unharmed.
Van Kalmthout started from thirteenth place and quickly moved up to seventh position when the race was neutralized midway due to a Will Power crash. The 39-year-old Australian lost his left wheel and ended up in the wall.
The situation was favorable for Van Kalmthout, who drove on fresh tires and saw the chances of a nice final ranking increase. The Dutchman, however, was filled up just before the restart by Colton Herta, who had not been told by his team that lifting neutralization had been postponed by one lap.
The American shot full on Van Kalmthout and launched himself. In the end, both drivers turned out to be unharmed after the heavy crash, but 'Veekay' could put an end to a possible podium position.
"I could have won this race," said the headman after the race, which was won by Frenchman Simon Pagenaud. "I didn't do anything wrong myself at the restart, hopefully we'll get the luck we deserve soon."
Van Kalmthout, who will make his debut in the IndyCar Series this year, has a chance of revenge in the night from Saturday to Sunday (Dutch time). Then the second race is scheduled in Iowa.
Could've won this race. Didn't do anything wrong here at the restart, we'll soon get the luck we deserve.Avatar