Harvey emerges victorious from Indy Lights’ Freedom 100 (VIDEO)

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INDIANAPOLIS – Jack Harvey scored an emotional win in Friday’s Freedom 100, the marquee event of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season.

It’s a race the Englishman, who drove the No. 42 Racing Steps Foundation Dallara IL-15 Mazda, said he wanted to win after missing it last year.

“I’m not usually speechless and this is one of the rare moments I am,” Harvey said. “I was really happy Ethan was on pole. But I wanted to win the race. Last year I wanted to win but made a mistake. This year I didn’t make any mistakes.”

Although Ethan Ringel led the majority of the race – 30 of the 40 laps – it was Harvey who made what proved to be the winning move on Lap 34.

Coming to lap Spencer Pigot, Harvey used the slingshot effect on Ringel as they closed and passed the Juncos Racing driver. Harvey went past Ringel on the outside into Turn 1, for the sixth and final lead change of the race.

The race ended under yellow after Ed Jones, the other title contender, had a spin exiting Turn 4 on Lap 37.

Although this prevented the fans and the race from ending under green, it was an inadvertent benefit to Ringel, who felt a tire close to going down near the end of the race.

As it was, Harvey won his second race of the season and second of the month, having also scored a win in the first of the two road course races at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis weekend.

Ringel was second, and with Scott Anderson and RC Enerson third and fourth, the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate secured a top-four sweep. Both Ringel and Anderson scored career-best finishes and their first career podiums.

Kyle Kaiser completed the top five. Pigot and Jones ended ninth and 10th.

Unofficially, heading to the Toronto doubleheader next month, Harvey leads Jones by 13 points, 192-179. Pigot is third with 168 points.

Indy Lights: Askew wins at Gateway as Veekay’s tires wear off

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For the fourth consecutive race, Oliver Askew is an winner in Indy Lights competition, and with only four races reaming in the 2019 season, the 22-year-old Floridian is on the cusp of winning his first series championship.

After starting Saturday’s 75-lap event at World Wide Technology Raceway from the pole position, Askew was quickly passed by Rinus Veekay on the first lap. However, Askew continued to follow VeeKay closely before retaking the lead on lap 53, a lead which he would not relinquish through the checkered flag.

“I think our car was just better,” Askew told NBC Sports after winning his seventh race of the season.

“I understood that from the beginning that he [VeeKay] had more straight line speed than us, so he was more trimmed out, and I knew that he was going to lose his tires at the end, and he did.

“I just had to keep the pressure on and wait for my opportunity.”

With his victory, Askew now extends his lead over VeeKay in the point standings by 52 points.

For Veekay, who held on to finish second, the fight to remain in the title race will not be an easy one.

“I’ll try everything I can but it’s been very tough,” VeeKay said. “The team and I, we’re giving it all we have. That’s all we can do.”

Daivd Malukas finished third, while Ryan Norman and and Robert Mcgennis finished fourth and fifth, respectfully.

Dalton Kellett took the checkered flag where he started in the sixth position, and Lucas Kohl finished the race in the seventh position.

Toby Sowery finished the race in the eighth and final position after bringing out the lone caution of the race by spinning in Turn 2 on lap 12.

Indy Lights drivers and teams will now head out to the Pacific Northwest for a double header at Portland International Raceway on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1. Both races will air live on NBC Sports Gold.

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