Austin, Texas (March 24, 2019): Rinus VeeKay delivered Juncos Racing their second podium finish in the 2019 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship this weekend at the Circuit of The Americas. VeeKay claimed second in a thrilling Round 3, the first race of the Cooper Tires Indy Lights double header.

The second weekend of the 2019 season kicked off on a new addition to the Indy Lights schedule. The series made their first appearance on the 3.41 mile, 20-Turn road course located in Austin, Texas.

One practice session followed by two qualifying sessions kicked off the weekend for the Indy Lights field. Qualifying for Round 3 would not go as planned for Rinus VeeKay in the No. 21 Mazda/Jumbo/Juncos Racing Car after a suspension failure would cost him his fastest lap. Dalton Kellett, driving the No. 67 K-Line Insulators USA, Inc/Juncos Racing car qualified ninth. VeeKay was able to improve his starting position for Round 4, qualifying third. Kellett also gained a few positions qualifying seventh.

Round 3 of the Indy Lights Championship proved to be one of the most thrilling races in recent years for the Indy Lights field. Although the leader could not be caught during the 20-lap race, VeeKay was able to make his way through the field for a second-place finish. Kellett finished 10th.

Round 4 concluded the weekend. Multiple battles throughout the 20-lap race treated fans to another action-packed event. VeeKay would narrowly miss the podium, settling for a fourth-place finish. Kellett finished ninth.

VeeKay now sits second in the highly competitive championship. VeeKay said“Overall it was a tough weekend, but coming away with P2 and P4 is not something to be ashamed for. Good points for the championship and we will be ready to fight for wins in the month of May!”

Kellett leaves the weekend 10th in the Indy Lights championship. Kellett said “It was a tough but rewarding weekend here at COTA for the #67 K-Line Insulators USA crew. We struggled for pace in qualifying and had our work cut out for us in the races. Starting near the back in such a strong field is always difficult. Race 1 did not go our way, there was some chaos off the start and I had to nurse the car home to P9. Race 2 was better, our race pace was good and we were in the mix after the full course yellow. There was some hard-racing in the closing laps and we came home P7. May is up next and I can’t wait to get on track at the Speedway!”

Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said “This was a challenging and rewarding weekend for our Indy Lights team at COTA. The team was faced with a lot of issues, but was able to pull through and give both drivers great race cars. Rinus did an amazing job in the first race of the weekend. He was very smart throughout the race making passes at the right time, allowing him to bring home second. Dalton improved a lot over the weekend and made some great moves. We are looking forward to moving on and heading to home to prepare for the month of May.”