Racing team Netherlands will cross the sea in 2022 and land in the United States to participate in the prestigious IMSA Championship. Of course the cherries in the cake are 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Spring. For that first classic, Indycar driver Rinus van will join the Kalmthout team.
In 2022 the racing team Netherlands’ permanent lineup will again include former Formula 1 driver Guido van der Kart and team owner (and jumbo owner) Fritz van Eerd. New to the team is young American Dylan Murray. During the famous 24 Hours of Daytona, Van Kalmtout joins the jumbo yellow-clad team. The racing team participates in the Netherlands Patience Cup At IMSA, four species.
“The timing of this new challenge is just right,” says Van Eart, as the racing team became world champions in the LMP2 Pro-Am at the 2021 World Tolerance Championships in the Netherlands. “After we participated in the European Championship and World Championship endurance races, I never kept it a secret that the racing team in the United States wanted to race with the Netherlands,” says Van Eard.
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The supermarket boss studied in the US during his youth and later became a fan of the stand in the IMSA class. He will soon be racing in prestigious rounds such as Daytona, Sepring, Watkins Glenn and Rhode Atlanta. “It was a dream come true for me that we were going to do four big IMSA races. We have already done a 24-hour test of Daytona in early 2021. It was a wonderful experience and I’m glad it will continue.
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The actual participation in Daytona in 2021 was not successful. The racing team Netherlands was ready in advance after 64 rounds. Van Colmthwood competed in Daytona last year, but withdrew before finishing his then Dragonspeed race. It is good for him that he is joining the racing team Netherlands now. This is also due to his long association with Van Erd and Jumbo.
“I’m so glad I got a chance to do 24 Hours Daytona with the racing team Netherlands,” he says. “It has always been my dream to race with Fritz, my loyal sponsor.” This fits in well with Van Eerd. “I have been involved in his life since Rinas moved to the United States five years ago at the age of sixteen. The fact that we are going to race together at Daytona is a beautiful crown for that collaboration.
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Undertaking the American adventure, the racing team did not register for the full WEC season before 2022 under any circumstances in the Netherlands. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. That decision will be made later.
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