Rinus van Kalmthout did an excellent job on Saturday for his disappointing debut in last week's Indianapolis 500. The Dutchman finished sixth on Saturday in this weekend's first IndyCar race in Illinois.
Van Kalmthout started from fourteenth position on the World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison. At the start, however, Álex Palou hit the car in front of him, quickly ending the race for Alexander Rossi, Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter and Zack Veach.
When the race started again, 'Veekay' immediately worked his way up to ninth place. After a quarter of the total of two hundred laps, he entered first and that earned him sixth place after the first series of pit stops.
Only after his second and third pit stops Van Kalmthout fell back briefly, but each time he fought his way forward and held his sixth place without any problems until the finish.
Last week, the Ed Carpenter Racing driver did not go further than a middle position in the Indy 500. He went for the victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but had to settle for 20th place due to a failed pit stop.
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Dixon is just ahead of Indy 500 winner Sato
The first race in Illinois was won by Scott Dixon, who was just ahead of Takuma Sato. The Japanese won the Indy 500 for the second time last week. The stage was completed by Patricio O'Ward.
Dixon won an IndyCar race for the 50th time in his career. The New Zealander, who finished second in the Indy 500 last week, also leads the championship.
Another race is scheduled for Sunday in Madison. Van Kalmthout, who is the best rookie in the championship thanks to his sixth place in the first race, then starts from eighteenth position.