IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competitor Frits van Eerd has been arrested as a suspect in a large-scale money laundering investigation by Dutch authorities.
According to multiple sources, the Racing Team Nederland owner/driver, who is the CEO of Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo, was jailed on Tuesday during a search and seizure of documents at his home.
It was reported on Tuesday that nine people had been taken into custody, with van Eerd now being reported as one of them in the ongoing investigation.
The investigation is understood to center around laundered money and goods through real estate transactions, car trading, unexplained cash deposits and sponsorship contracts in motocross.
Van Eerd, who has raced in the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and this year in the WeatherTech Championship with backing from Jumbo, is understood to not be the primary suspect in the case.
It’s unclear at this time on how van Eerd’s arrest could impact Racing Team Nederland’s planned run in the WeatherTech Championship season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans in two weeks’ time.
Van Eerd and co-drover Guido van der Garde and Dylan Murry currently sit second in the Michelin Endurance Cup standings in LMP2 ahead of the ten-hour enduro at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.