Oliver Askew and Andretti Autosport claimed the 2019 Indy Lights Championship following his performance in Race One at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca. He started the race only needing to finish 5th or better and he brought his Dallara home 4th.
In a race that was dominated by his season and Road to Indy rival Rinus Veekay.
As noted by Chris Pantani of Copper Tires as he presented the Season Victory trophy along with with Dan Anderson of Anderson Promotions that Askew is the first driver to move from Karting & the Team USA Scholarship to USF2000 to Indy Pro 2000 to Indy Lights Champion in 4 successive years and now will find himself clinching a scholarship valued at a cool $1.1 million to guarantee entry into a minimum of three NTT IndyCar Series races in 2020, including the 104th Indianapolis 500.
Oliver retweeted some of the congratulations that he has received so far, including a note from 2018 Indy Lights Champion – Patricio O’Ward.
Askew has racked up 7 wins so far this year and has been on the podium for every race but two this year and was definitely pushed by Rinus VeeKay every step of the way. It is an impressive season for sure but it begs to ask the question…
3 Races are not a lot in IndyCar. Just ask O’Ward. And the Indy 500 is an opportunity, not a guarantee. Again, just ask O’Ward.
You have to go back to the year 2000 to find an “Indy Lights” Champion that has won the Indianapolis 500. (The same could be said for a number of feeder series, so this is not a comment on the series as much as it is on how difficult the task at hand is).
A lot of dominoes have to fall during the remainder of the Silly Season, and it will very interesting to see where Oliver Askew lands. He has definitely proven at all of the levels that he is a Champion that deserves a shot.
I will be rooting for him to be one of the 33 come May.