Racing driver Rinus van Kalmthout broke a finger in a major crash during test races for the new season in the IndyCar Series. The 20-year-old Dutchman lost control of his Chevrolet in Indianapolis when his car hit the grass on the inside of the famous circuit.
Then the car spun to the other side of the track where the car crashed into the wall.
“An ugly side wind ensured that I was thrown against the wall,” said Van Kalmthout afterwards. “I have a broken finger, but I can continue testing. I’m sorry for my team, because these days are meant to do as many laps as possible and I think it’s a great shame that we can’t do that now.”
1 pole in debut season
‘Veekay’ started his 1st season in the IndyCar Series last year with 2 crashes, but recovered well, including 5th, 4th and 3rd place in races and 1 pole position. He also caused a sensation with the 4th place on the grid in the Indy 500. The Noord-Hollander finished 14th in the IndyCar classification. This made Van Kalmthout the best rookie (debutant) of the year.
The new IndyCar Series season kicks off April 18 with the Alabama Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham.