AUSTIN, TX – Oliver Askew left no doubt on Saturday. The Andretti Autosport driver won his second career Indy Lights pole for the weekend opening race at the Circuit of the Americas and wound up leading all 20 laps of the race en route to his first career series victory.
Askew, set the quick time in the test back in February and backed that up with being fastest in practice on Friday and won both poles for the two races this weekend.
He was untouchable from the get go too with his teammate Ryan Norman spinning on the warmup lap and having to start from the back. That left the spot next to Askew on the start vacant.
The Florida native would win by an astounding 24.6800-seconds over second place finisher Rinus VeeKay. The Juncos Racing driver charged from his sixth place starting spot to earn his third straight top five finish to start the season including a win in the second race at St. Pete.
Robert Megennis finished third in his No. 27 entry for his first career Indy Lights top five finish while Julien Falchero and Norman rounded out the top five.
The championship chases for both teams and drivers have tightened considerably. Despite a disappointing seventh-place finish for Canada’s Zachary Claman after an early drive-through penalty, Belardi Auto Racing now leads the Team standings by four points over Andretti Autosport and five over BN Racing. In the drivers’ standings, VeeKay now leads by two points, 73-71, over Claman de Melo.
28 Askew R
21 VeeKay R
27 Megennis R
4 Falchero R
2 Sowery R
13 Claman DeMelo
5 Kohl R
67 Kellett -1
79 Malukas OUT