Rinus VK Plans USF2000 Move For 2017
 May 27, 2016| 
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Dutch karting sensation Rinus VK announced today that he will be making the move to the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in 2017. The 15-year old made the announcement at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in conjunction with the launch of the new Tatuus USF-17 car, which will be introduced for the 2017 USF2000 season. 

“I am so excited about coming to the U.S. and racing in USF2000 next year,” Commented the teenager, who is also on Holland’s premier driver development program called KNAF Talent First. “Every time I’ve come to the U.S., I love it more and more, and I think moving to the Mazda Road to Indy is the perfect step for me. The INDYCAR ladder is definitely the right place to be.” 

2017 will not only be Rinus’ first season racing in the U.S., it will also be his first season of open-wheel racing. He does however have extensive karting experience competing in the North American based U.S. Rotax Max Challenge, and also sampled two USF2000 cars last year at the Circuit of the Americas during the Chris Griffis Memorial test, where he posted the third fastest time overall. 

Rinus will spend the next few months racing in the European Karting Championships, which will be followed by off-season testing in the new Tatuus USF-17, which he hopes to kick off in early October. Rinus plans to test with several teams to figure out where the best home for him will be for the 2017 season. 

“I’m looking forward to starting testing.” Said Rinus, who finished runner-up in both the European and U.S. Rotax Max Senior Championships last year. “I know the level next year will be very strong with the new car, so I want to test with as many teams as possible to learn about them and learn about the car.” 

About Rinus VK: Rinus was born and raised in the Netherlands and, at the tender age of 15, already has four karting championships to his name along with countless race wins. For 2017, the Dutch phenom will be making the move to IndyCar’s official development ladder, the Mazda Road to Indy, and compete in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered By Mazda. You can follow Rinus via his website FollowRVK.com as well as his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages @FollowRVK

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