The racing team Netherlands won the title in the Pro / A category of the LMP2 class at this year’s FIA World Tolerance Championship. Next year, the team will race the Orega LMP2 car again, but this time in US territory. Racing Staple picks a new adventure at the IMSA Michelin Endurance Trophy.
With the selection for the Endurance Cup, the Dutch racing team will compete in the long distance races of the prestigious IMSA Championship in 2022. In addition to the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of September, it also includes 6 Hours of Watkins Glenn and 10 hours of racing in Rhode Atlanta (Petit Le Mans). Team owner Frits van Eerd and former Formula 1 driver Giedo van der Garde climbed back behind the bright yellow Oreca wheel. They will be strengthened in all races next year from American talent Dylan Murray, who is actually taking the place of Jab van Eudert. For the first race of the new season, 24 Hours of Daytona, the team has signed Rinas von Calmtout as the fourth driver. The Dutch IndyCar driver will join Van Eerd’s team for the first time, having already had a close relationship with VeeKay as a sponsor of the supermarket chain Jumbo.
‘Dream Comes True’
“Since we won the world title in 2021, the timing of this new challenge is just right,” explains Van Eerd, the choice for the American adventure. “After we participated in the European Championship I never kept it a secret [in 2017] And the World Cup [sinds 2018] The racing team in the United States also wanted to race with the Netherlands. I studied in the US and was already participating in IMSA races at that time. So the fact that we are going to do four big IMSA races right now is actually a dream come true for me. At the beginning of 2021 we did Daytona’s 24 Hour as a test. It was an amazing experience and I am so glad to continue it now.
Van Eerde says of his collaboration with VeeKay: “I’m been involved in Rinas’ life since he moved to the United States five years ago as a 16 – year – old talent. The fact that we are now going to compete together in Daytona is definitely a wonderful crown for that collaboration. Van Colmdwood adds: “I’m so excited to have the opportunity to do 24 Hours of Daytona with the Netherlands Racing Team. Racing with my loyal sponsor Fritz has always been my dream. That dream has now come true,” said Hoofddorp driver will start his third season in the IndyCar series next year after Daytona.
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Frits van Eerd, Rinus van Kalmthout, Dylan Murry, Giedo van der Garde, Racing Team Netherlands
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“After winning the world title, this is a great sequel,” Giedo van der Garde looks forward to. “Racing in the United States has always been an experience and we have grown even more excited since our debut at 24 Hours of Daytona. I look forward to the upcoming season!
Murray completes the sequence
Dylan Murray, 20, took over as silver medalist from Van Euter. After competing in the LMP3s last year, the American is making his debut in the LMP2 class this year. “Every team in the Endurance Cup must have at least one player in the so-called silver rankings. That’s why we had to look for a replacement for the job. He’s in the gold rankings,” explains Von Erd. . Dylan is fast and knows all the rounds we are going to ride this year. I would like to thank Jab again for helping us win the World Cup, for revealing a great game with us at the World Cup.
The IMSA season starts on Saturday 29th January with 60You Edition of 24 Hours of Daytona.
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