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Veekay in the Bitcoin car leading the Indianapolis 500!

Rinus VeeKay's Bitcoin No. 21 Chevrolet for the Indianapolis 500.

INDIANAPOLIS – Ed Carpenter Racing announced Wednesday that the team has added Bitcoin as the primary sponsor for the No. 21 Chevrolet that Rinus VeeKay will drive in this year’s Indianapolis 500.

ECR will also be the first NTT IndyCar Series team to integrate Bitcoin as a payment option for all of its employees.

The decentralized sponsorship will empower not only ECR on the track, but the Bitcoin community off the track. In addition to the No. 21’s black and orange scheme, Bitcoin will also be present on ECR’s other Indianapolis 500 entries.

ECR is in its 10th season of competition in 2021 and is led by the only owner/driver in the NTT IndyCar Series, Ed Carpenter.

“I could not be more excited that this project is becoming a reality.  To bring my personal interest and immersion in Bitcoin to our industry is historic,” said Carpenter. “Just as Bitcoin is revolutionizing our financial system, I see it as an opportunity to transform how we operate within our own motorsport industry.”

Ed Carpenter Racing has partnered with Strike to fundraise on behalf of the Bitcoin community and support all necessary on-track activities for the Month of May. Strike will handle all payments and donations for the effort through its lighting network and payment application.

A unique QR code enables the world’s first peer-to-car contribution model, allowing anyone in the world to donate. Bitcoin has a fixed supply at 21 million, with no more to ever be made, and ECR is honored to represent Bitcoin on the No. 21.

“Ed’s message is simple; he doesn’t want to race for potato chips or soft drinks at the Indy 500,” said Jack Mallers, founder of Strike. “This year, Ed is racing for human freedom, financial literacy, financial inclusivity, and is using the platform he’s earned throughout his career to p...

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