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Red Bull GRC: Cabot Bigham set with DRR GRC Lites

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There haven’t been a ton of Red Bull Global Rallycross announcements thus far in 2016 but Dreyer & Reinbold Racing put one out this morning. Cabot Bigham is set for one of the team’s GRC Lites entries.

The team release is below:

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced today that young motorsports star Cabot Bigham has joined the team to compete in the 12-event 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites Series beginning at the season opener scheduled for May 21-22nd at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz.

Cabot-Bigham-Head-shot-1Bigham, 20, has been a successful karting star and open-wheel racing champion including capturing the 2015 West Coast Pro Formula Mazda Championship with seven wins in 12 races. The Mill Valley, Calif., driver also competed in Formula 3 in his climb through the open-wheel ladder trail. He began racing at age 13 in indoor karting and won numerous titles and races before moving up in the open-wheel ranks. Cabot was a teammate of two-time Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon in the Manufacturers Cup in Indianapolis in 2011.

“I am very excited to be joining Dreyer and Reinbold Racing for the Red Bull Global Rally Cross Lites season,” said Bigham, also known as The Big Ham. “Having a proven racing group behind you is extremely pertinent to success, so I am quite optimistic about what 2016 has to bring. I look forward to developing my skill set as a driver, team member, and building friendships along the way.”

Bigham will campaign the No. 2 Paratek Pharmaceutical Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites race car for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in the highly-competitive Lites division which saw the Carmel, Ind.-based squad win four of 12 events in its initial Red Bull Global Rallycross season. In 2015, DRR collected Lites main event victories at New River, Detroit, Washington D.C. and Las Vegas. In addition to their wins, DRR captured five podium finishes.

“We are very excited to have Cabot Bigham join our 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross team,” said Dennis Reinbold, DRR team owner. “Despite his age, Cabot has produced an outstanding resume already in motorsports including winning last year’s West Coast Pro Formula Mazda Championship. Our DRR squad produced four wins and numerous podium finishes in the team’s first season in the Series and, with young, talented drivers like Cabot, we expect to battle for the Series championship this year.”

The future plans of the second Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Lites entry, the no. 24 Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites race car, will be announced in the near future, as well as upcoming team sponsor announcements.

The Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites division will be televised nationally with each event being produced and aired by NBCSN.

Provisional Indy Lights champion Oliver Askew ready for IndyCar ride

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Provisional Indy Lights champion Oliver Askew has done nothing but dominate the 2019 season, winning seven of the 16 races run so far and finishing on the podium in all but two of those events.

Now all the 22-year-old Floridian needs to do to formally clinch the 2019 title is simply start the final two races of the season, both of which will be held this weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

For Askew, his maiden Indy Lights season will likely be one he’ll never forget. 

“It’s been a dream come true,” Askew told NBC Sports. “Being with the championship-winning team from last year, we had a really good shot at winning it again for Andretti Autosport. It’s very rare that we show up to a track and struggle to find speed. 

“That’s a fantastic feeling, especially as a driver. That gave me a lot of confidence and hopes of holding the million dollar check at the end of the year. That was the goal going into it.”

This weekend, Askew will accomplish said goal. The championship will not only bring him a sense of pride, but also the opportunity of a lifetime. 

As an award for being crowned the Indy Lights champion, Askew will be awarded a scholarship that guarantees him entry into a minimum of three NTT IndyCar Series events next year – including the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500. 

Time will only tell which team Askew will race for in IndyCar next season, and whether or not Askew’s rookie campaign will be a full-time or part-time affair, but Askew’s performance during the last few seasons in the Road to Indy system has certainly drawn attention of IndyCar’s top team owners.

In August, Askew had the chance to drive an Indy car for the first time in his career during a test session at Portland International Raceway, driving the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda usually piloted by Scott Dixon.

“It was an opportunity with Chip Ganassi Racing that I was very fortunate to have,” Askew said. “I think with my experience in the past couple of years with Cape Motorsports and this year with Andretti Autosport, going into that test was very helpful.

“Going into the test, it was more of trying to treat it as just another day at the racetrack, when it really wasn’t. It was a fantastic opportunity for me – a great experience – and I hope I can take that into my rookie season next year in IndyCar.” 

The final two races of the 2019 Indy Lights season will take place this weekend on Saturday, September 21 at 6 p.m. ET and Sunday, September 22 at 12:05 p.m. ET. Both races will air live on NBC Sports Gold.

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