Van Calmuth, who races in America under the name Veekay, clocked an average speed of 233.655 miles per hour, or 375,311 kilometers per hour. Only compatriot Ari Luyendyk and American Scott Brayton have been rappers in the past, both in 1996. Luyendyk clocked a speed of 236.986 mph at the time.
“It was a surprise to me,” Van Calmuth said at a press conference. “It’s great to have two Dutch players in the top three now.”
Van Calmuth finished 23rd in last week’s Indianapolis Grand Prix. The 21-year-old driver sustained damage from a collision early in the race. Van Calmuthot occupies tenth place in the standings with 113 points.
Luyendijk’s speed record will remain elusive, predicts Van Kalmthout, who will take first place today in the 106th edition of the 500-mile event from Indianapolis, which takes place next Sunday. Normally, Ari’s record will stay for at least another year, because I’m more than 3 miles from him. But of course I am very happy. The speed surprised me. It proves we have a good car and I will attack pole position with confidence.”
Then Vichai will follow in the footsteps of Luyendyk, who took first place three times in the famous American long-distance race. The 68-year-old Dutchman has won the Indy 500 twice. Van Calmethot is in his third year in the racing class for Team Ed Carpenter. He has already won the race. Vichai started third in the Indy 500 last year and finished eighth.
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