Rookie Rinus VeeKay has described his performance in the Fast Nine shootout as the “most amazing qualifying” as he took fourth spot for this weekend’s Indianapolis 500.
Despite the general consensus being that Chevrolet was down on power compared with Honda when they ran 1.5-bar boost, which teams use on Fast Friday, qualifying and the Fast Nine shootout, VeeKay proved that a great handling car could help make up the deficit.
The #21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet had looked fast and stable in dirty air during practice, but it also responded well to being trimmed out for qualifying.
The Dutch teenager was sixth on Saturday, behind four Andretti Autosport cars and Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing, and then on Sunday only one Andretti car – that of Marco Andretti – could outpace him, along with Dixon and Takuma Sato’s consistent Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda.
Thus VeeKay became the best qualifying