Rinus VeeKay 2023 landing spots: No. 5 – Andretti Autosport
This option has only recently emerged, considering the fact that Andretti Autosport have confirmed that they are seeking potential replacements for rookie Devlin DeFrancesco behind the wheel of the #29 Honda next year.
DeFrancesco is technically under contract with the team (officially Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport) for next year, but he has a disappointing first season in the series and has reportedly been informed that the search is underway for a potential replacement.
He has finished no higher than 15th place through the first 13 races of the season, and he has been the focal point of much criticism of other drivers for the way he drives. He sits in 23rd in the championship standings, ahead of only the two full-time A.J. Foyt Enterprises drivers.
Now, we cannot get ahead of ourselves; there is no guarantee that DeFrancesco will be replaced. But with Michael Andretti’s team reportedly looking elsewhere for a new driver, Rinus VeeKay’s name can’t not be brought up.
As for Andretti Autosport’s other three seats, they appear set. Colton Herta is under contract to return, and Romain Grosjean is expected to do the same. They recently signed rookie Kyle Kirkwood, who won the 2021 Indy Lights championship with the team, from A.J. Foyt’s outfit to replace Alexander Rossi.
But the #29 Honda could be quite a silly season domino since it has unexpectedly found itself without a confirmed driver for 2023.
Where will Rinus VeeKay end up competing in the 2023 IndyCar season? Will he remain with Ed Carpenter Racing, or will he join one of these other four organizations?