MADISON, Ill – Oliver Askew is close to accomplishing a dream feat – a championship. The Indy Lights rookie comes to the World Wide Technology Raceway with a 45 point lead over Rinus VeeKay.
For Saturday’s race, they’ll start 1-2.
Askew, earned his seventh career Indy Lights pole as he circled the 1.25-mile track with a two-lap average of 159.918 mph in his No. 28 entry. The Andretti Autosport driver swept the weekend in the last race at Mid-Ohio as that factored with his win in Toronto gives him three straight victories on the season.
“Consistency pays off,” said Askew. “That last session is probably one of the most fun times I’ve had in a race car. The track was really good, and I can carry a lot of throttle through [Turns] 1 and 2 so that’s always fun. This will just make tomorrow easier for us, we just need to take this position and execute.”
VeeKay, qualified second in his No. 21 entry with a two-lap average of 159.288 mph. The Juncos driver has three third place finishes in the last four races on the season as he won here last year in Indy Pro 2000 competition.
Last year’s Indy Lights winner Ryan Norman will start third in his No. 48 entry. Norman, circled the track with a qualifying average of 159.248 mph.
David Malukas (159.013 mph) and Toby Sowery (159.927 mph) rounded out the top five.
Indy Lights Starting Lineup
Row 1: Oliver Askew R, Rinus VeeKay R
Row 2: Ryan Norman, David Malukas R
Row 3: Toby Sowery R, Dalton Kellett
Row 4: Robert Megennis R, Lucas Kohl R