Andretti Autosport added a third driver to its 2019 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires lineup, confirming that Oliver Askew has signed with the team that won the series championship in 2018. The 22-year-old Floridian will pilot the No. 28 Dallara IL-15 for all 18 rounds of competition beginning with the season-opening doubleheader weekend on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida from March 8-10.
“We’ve been following Oliver over the last few years in the Road to Indy and we have been very impressed with his talent behind the wheel,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “We are a championship-caliber team and thrilled to continue to field championship-caliber drivers. Adding Oliver to our already-strong roster has us confident we will be in contention to defend our title at the end of the season.”
A highly decorated karting driver, Askew won the Team USA Scholarship and inaugural Road to Indy Shootout in 2016 to earning a spot on the Road to Indy the following year. He claimed the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship as a rookie behind seven race wins and 11 podiums to earn another scholarship, then finished third in the 2018 Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires (previously known as Pro Mazda) with one win and five podiums.
"Joining Andretti Autosport is an extremely huge opportunity for me,” Askew said. “There is such a wealth of experience between Indy Lights, INDYCAR, Formula E and all their other racing programs – there are so many years of experience within the team. I am really looking forward to transferring that wealth and experience into my rookie season with the team and anticipate a successful season.”
Askew participated in INDYCAR Spring Training at Circuit of The Americas, posting the fastest overall lap in the No. 28 Andretti Autosport entry. Fellow Americans Ryan Norman and Robert Megennis were previously confirmed to drive for Andretti Autosport in Indy Lights this season.