Photos: Indy Driver Rinus VeeKay Qualifies in ‘Fast 12’ After Morning Crash

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MAY 18: Teammates of Indy car driver Rinus VeeKay react after qualifying in the “fast 12” for the 2024 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 18, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Earlier in the day, VeeKay was in a fiery crash and his car has to be recbuilt.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Rinus VeeKay dramatically qualified for the ‘Fast 12’ Saturday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, securing his spot with a four-lap average of 232.419 mph.

VeeKay’s pivotal run, achieved in the final moments of the first day of qualifications for next weekend’s race, vaulted him from 29th to 11th place. The achievement followed a tumultuous morning for the Ed Carpenter Racing team, which faced significant setbacks after VeeKay’s car crashed in Turn 3 on his opening lap.

The crash left the team scrambling to repair the car, pulling parts from various sources to ensure VeeKay could return to the track. Their efforts paid off as VeeKay, cheered on by his team from pit row, delivered a performance that energized the crowd.

As his car came to a stop, VeeKay pumped his fist in celebration. The jubilant scene continued as he exited the car, with teammates lifting him into the air to celebrate the hard-fought achievement.

VeeKay’s qualifying run, completed with just five seconds remaining, set the stage for a thrilling continuation of qualifications at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MAY 18: Indy car driver Rinus VeeKay reacts after qualifying in the “fast 12” for the 2024 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 18, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Earlier in the day, VeeKay was in a fiery crash and his car has to be recbuilt.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MAY 18: Indy car driver Rinus VeeKay, right, is congratulated by teammate and driver Ed Carpenter after qualifying in the “fast 12” for the 2024 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 18, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Earlier in the day, VeeKay was in a fiery crash and his car has to be recbuilt.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MAY 18: Indy car driver Rinus VeeKay reacts after qualifying in the “fast 12” for the 2024 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 18, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Earlier in the day, VeeKay was in a fiery crash and his car has to be recbuilt.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MAY 18: Teammates of Indy car driver Rinus VeeKay react after qualifying in the “fast 12” for the 2024 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 18, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Earlier in the day, VeeKay was in a fiery crash and his car has to be recbuilt.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MAY 18: Rinus VeeKay pumps his fist while reacting after qualifying in the “fast 12” for the 2024 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 18, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Earlier in the day, VeeKay was in a fiery crash and his car has to be rebuilt.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MAY 18: Rinus VeeKay pumps his fist while reacting after qualifying in the “fast 12” for the 2024 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 18, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Earlier in the day, VeeKay was in a fiery crash and his car has to be rebuilt.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MAY 18: Indy car driver Rinus VeeKay talks to the media after qualifying in the “Fast 12” for the 2024 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 18, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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